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By Anthea Hucklesby

Bail is a basic human correct which measures society's democratic credentials. Taken along an expanding felony inhabitants, there's an pressing have to locate possible choices to custodial remands which don't bring up dangers to the neighborhood. this crucial e-book evaluates a bail aid scheme within the united kingdom known as the potent Bail Scheme, which used to be the 1st such scheme directed at adults. It locations its findings within the context of bail legislations, coverage, and perform. Conclusions are drawn in regards to the capability of bail aid schemes to lessen legal remand populations. in accordance with up to date examine, it makes a precious contribution to an under-researched sector and offers priceless insights for coverage makers and practitioners.

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One involved bail information being provided by the generic court team with no individual taking responsibility for it. The second model involved the employment of a fractional bail information officer who was embedded in the court team and who also had additional duties. Although not statistically verified, interviewees suggested that the second model had better referral rates and ensured that the bail information role was done. The next section introduces the EBS which provided bail support and accommodation in Yorkshire and Humberside.

Bail information officers initially identified 1,417 defendants who may have been eligible for the EBS because they were detained in police custody while awaiting their first court appearance or because they had been remanded in custody at an earlier hearing. In over a third (n=523, 37%) of cases no proposal for bail support was submitted to the courts. Three-quarters (n=398, 76%) of this group were deemed to be either unsuitable, ineligible or both for the EBS. There is some overlap between the two categories.

The research team were able to plug gaps in data through triangulation of data sources but some data remained missing. Interviews A total of 196 semi-structured interviews were undertaken with a range of individuals including all except one of the personnel involved in the management and operation of the scheme. Wherever possible, project staff who left before the end of the project were interviewed. Interviews lasted between one and three hours. Most of the interviews took place between February and May 2008.

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