A Study of Release on Recognizance in Oakland County
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During the past several years, there has been a gradual awakening to the problems of bail. Spearheading this movement have been the various release on recognizance (ROR) programs which are designed to end reliance on money bail wherever possible. Unfortunately, bail reform is a slow and tedious process. Although the first ROR program, the Manhattan Bail Project, started in 1960, Oakland County did not institute such a program until 1971 and even then, the program that was initiated, the Oakland County Legal Aid Society Release on Recognizance (OCLAS ROR) Program, had only a semi-official status. It was neither funded nor was it independent of strict judicial control. Furthermore, it was accepted by only four of nineteen District Court justices. This paper is a report on ROR in Oakland County. It is divided into three sections. The first, the Introduction, is included to acquaint the reader with the bail system and the need for ROR programs. The second, entitled The Oakland County Legal Aid Society Release on Recognizance Program, is a report on the program's first year of operation. And the last, Recommendations, is obvious in nature. Hopefully, the recommendations made therein can be implemented in the near future.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email firstname.lastname@example.org to request access to this SIP.