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Handbook The bail process

Find out what bail is, how it works, how it's set, the bail process, bail types and conditions, and more.

Organization: Executive Office of the Trial Court Massachusetts Court System
Date published: May 24, 2018


The purpose of bail is to make sure that a person accused of a crime (a defendant) will come to court for proceedings related to their case after they’re released from jail or from being held at a police station. Bail isn’t a form of punishment, but a way of helping ensure that a defendant will appear in court at a later date.



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