Law by Law, No Extra Bond Conditions

Suppose you have been charged with a serious crime, and the bond is $20,000 cash. Somehow you get the money together, perhaps your entire life savings. Two weeks later the judge orders you to take classes, at your own expense. If you don't comply, the bond money is forfeited, and you go to jail. The judge can order you to do almost anything, because he has your money. As Jethro Tull says in Locomotive Breath, "And the all-time winner has got him by the balls." This reality crushes the poor and the minorities.

A bond is a form of security, an assurance that you will come to court; it should be nothing more. You have not been convicted of a crime, and you are innocent until proven guilty. A judge has no business ordering drug tests, or classes, or any other activities prior to your trial. I'd say it was unconstitutional.

Here are the states that do not impose any additional bond conditions on a defendent prior to his trial. Spoiler alert - there are none.

map of states with no extra bond conditions

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Please send along any corrections or new information. I am not always up to date on all the laws in all 50 states.

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