Old City Hall Bail Project
Organization profile published 1980
Year Published: 1980
Resource Type: Organization
Cx Number: CX1077
Abstract: One of the most basic problems of bail is that those with money get out, those without don't. On September 1st, 1979 in Old City Hall in Toronto, a new program began. The program is designed to cope with the financial side of bail and other problems in the bail process. The program has two parts: bail Verificaition and bail Supervision.
The bail program is a venture in inter-agency co-operation, with joint funding coming from Ontario Community Corrections and the federal Solicitor General's Office. The project also has full sponsorship of three community agencies: the John Howard Society, Elizabeth Fry Society and the Salvation Army. These groups want to continue the program in some form when the pilot project period ended in April, 1980. Plans are being made to expand the project to cover all major bail courts in the Toronto area.
Bail verification means interviewing accused persons as soon as possible after they are arrested regarding the things relevant to bail: stable address, family and community ties, job record, jail record and the nature of charges. Bail supervision subsitutes a competent experienced supervisor for bail money. The supervisor tries to ensure the interests of both the accused and the community are met. At present eighty-five persons are on bail supervision.
This organization no longer exists.
This abstract was published in the Connexions Digest in 1980.