Release and Bail
You are a judge hearing the first appearance of a 17-year-old defendant who has been arrested for stealing a car and causing a serious accident that killed two people. Under the juvenile laws in your state, he will be tried as an adult. He has a history of drug abuse and violent crime, and his mother is mentally ill. Although he is upset about being arrested, he shows no apparent remorse for his crimes. His defense attorney, who is very persistent and well paid, is requesting that you allow his release upon recognizance. Your other options are to impose bail at whatever level you feel is appropriate or to deny bail altogether. Answer the following questions:
a. Which option will you choose, and why?
b. Which of the factors stated are considerations in your decision? Which are not?