The Fugitive: Evidence on Public versus Private Law Enforcement from Bail Jumping*

@article{Helland2004TheFE,
  title={The Fugitive: Evidence on Public versus Private Law Enforcement from Bail Jumping*},
  author={Eric A. Helland and Alexander Tabarrok},
  journal={The Journal of Law and Economics},
  year={2004},
  volume={47},
  pages={93 - 122}
}
On the day of their trial, a substantial number of felony defendants fail to appear. Public police have the primary responsibility for pursuing and rearresting defendants who were released on their own recognizance or on cash or government bail. Defendants who made bail by borrowing from a bond dealer, however, must worry about an entirely different pursuer. When a defendant who has borrowed money skips trial, the bond dealer forfeits the bond unless the fugitive is soon returned. As a result… 
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