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BB55

Author Clare Ringlandand Don Weatherburn
Published December 2010
Report Type Bureau Brief No. 55
Subject Bail / Remand
Keywords bail, unconditional release

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Summary

Aim

To examine whether the reduction in the percentage of cases where bail is dispensed with (unconditional release) is due to a change in the profile of cases coming before the criminal courts or a general increase in the threshold for dispensing with bail.

Method

A series of statistical (logistic regression) models of the likelihood of unconditional release were constructed to see whether the fall in the likelihood of unconditional release over time remained significant after adjusting for other factors associated with the likelihood of unconditional release. Separate models were constructed for three offences: assault, property crime and property damage.

Results

The reduction in the probability of unconditional release over time remained significant even after controlling for a wide range of other bail-relevant factors.

Conclusion

The reduction in matters where bail is dispensed with is not accounted for by a change in the profile of cases coming before the courts. Instead, this appears to reflect an increase in the threshold for dispensing with bail.

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