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Publications · Policing

What if police bail was abolished?

The What if? series of pamphlets challenges conventional thinking on penal issues.

What if police bail was abolished report cover
  • ISBN: 978-1-905994-92-2

  • Pages: 42

  • Publisher: The Howard League for Penal Reform


What if police bail was abolished?

Professor Ed Cape proposes a radical overhaul of police bail powers. He argues that, as currently regulated, pre-charge bail and street bail are neither proportionate nor necessary, and their use often punishes innocent people.

Professor Cape argues that pre-charge bail should be subject to a non-extendable time limit of 14 days, and also that the power of the police to impose conditions on those on pre-charge bail should be removed. Professor Cape contends that street bail should be abolished entirely.

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