THE OBJECTIVES OF THE BAIL PROGRAM

  • to reduce the number of accused who are held in custody awaiting trial,
  • to reduce the number of remand admissions and the days stayed in jails and detention centres by inmates on remand,
  • to provide verified information about an accused to the court at his/her first court appearance and/or bail hearing, regarding the suitability of the accused for the bail program,
  • to offer bail supervision to the court as an alternative to traditionally imposed monetary or surety bail conditions,
  • to interview accused in custody before bail hearings in an attempt to expedite their release by mobilizing community resources on their behalf,
  • to facilitate appropriate referrals to and follow-up with community agencies,
  • to assist the accused to understand the pre-trial release process and to comply with the terms of his/her release,
  • to ensure that the accused is aware of the appeal process and to facilitate access to this process.