Defendants granted bail held in prison



10 Jun 2015 - In 2014, of the 43,249 defendants granted bail, 1,663 were held in prison until they could meet their bail release conditions. The Auditor General found that better information sharing and more effective use of bail data would improve the bail process..

This represents a significant cost to the State.

For instance, a person granted bail but who is remanded in prison for one week while they arrange to meet their bail conditions will cost the State about $5,390.

The Department of the Attorney General exercises only limited management over the collection of forfeited surety and personal bail and does not know what has or has not been collected.

The Auditor said the investigation identified opportunities to improve the collection of surety and personal bail when bail is breached - estimated at $7.4 million in 2014.