Sep 20, 2006

SEA 192-Bail Requirements

This law allows property to be posted as bail and allows the court to require a defendant to sign a contract that allows the court to retain bail to pay public representation and fines, fees and restitution should the defendant be convicted. The Libertarian Party has long-believed in the guilty bearing the cost of the justice system. This seems only appropriate.

The public should be more than happy to pay to defend innocent men and arrive at justice, but why should we as taxpayers pay for a guilty man’s defense. If the defendant is found guilty, he/she should reimburse the public for the money that was spent at trial. This seems like a very fair system, and we are impressed with Indiana’s decision to do it this way.

Author: Richard D. Bray
Sponsor: Ralph M. Foley

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