Excessive Bail & Pennsylvania Bail Laws

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“Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted,” Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

The New York Times, in a recent feature article on March 31, 2018, discussed the current state of the bail system within the United States. Although the Constitution holds that a criminal defendant shall not be held on excessive bail, the current practice does not always adhere to that. Many defendants on the margins of society find themselves having to choose between incarceration, or using their homes, vehicles or life savings as collateral in order to have their freedom while defending themselves against criminal charges.

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