Orange County Jail

Written by Will Baum
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The Orange County Jail is, like any jail, no place you want to be. Any time spent in lock-up is too much time spent in lock-up. You want to get out fast. That's what the bail system is designed to make happen. Professional bail agencies work around the clock to quickly process bonds and get people out of the Orange County Jail and back home.

At your arraignment, a judge will decide whether or not to set bail, based on the judge's belief in your likeliness to do harm to your community or to flee before your court date. To post bail, you need a family member or friend to be your "indemnitor." An indemnitor is the one who will have to cough up the full amount of bail if you fail to appear in court on the appointed date. An indemnitor trusts you with their financial well-being. If you jump bail, the indemnitor is, literally, the one who pays.

History and the Orange County Jail

The bail system has its roots in English law. As far back as medieval times, a preliminary version of the bail system was already in place. It underwent adjustments and refinement over the centuries.

After the American Revolution, the framers looked to these laws as guideposts for designing the new nation's justice system. In the Constitution, the portions dealing with bail are taken almost verbatim from preexisting British statutes. Rights that are second nature to us now, such as having bail set at reasonable amounts, exist due to centuries of legal development.

California became a state in 1850. The County of Orange came into existence August 1, 1889. The first Orange County Sheriff was a Virginian named Richard Harris. The county jail was in the basement of a Santa Ana store. Through the history of the Orange County Jail, the bail system has been working to get people out of jail fast.


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