I generally read news stories about how a person of average means is arrested for some misdemeanor crime, is processed through the system, and then released, for example, “after posting $2500 bond” with no stay in jail. This is usually at night, while intoxicated, so how does that person have the money?
Are they just fortunate to have their credit/debit card on them? Can the cops call their bank and verify that the funds are there?
In my wilder, younger days, I had bail money in my checking account, but they wouldn’t let me out until someone else physically showed up with cash, certified check, or money order in hand. Has technology helped?