In criminal cases, I believe we should only allow the defendent themself or their spouse to post bond. Tell me why you disagree....?
If the defendent doesn't show up for their court dates, they forfeit that money. If they do come to court, they get it back.
Therefore, they are less likely to flee because they have a financial incentive to show up.
But that only works if the defendent has a horse in the race.
Let's say I am arested and charged with a crime, and am given a bond amount:
If I post my own bond, then I lose all that money if I dont show up.
If my wife posts my bond, then those are joint assetts and I would be in the same boat.
But if my Uncle Ralph comes down to the jail to bail me out, then it's not me that loses any money if I don't show up in court. Uncle Ralph does.
And with that, my financial incentive to show up just went out the window.
So why should Uncle Ralph be allowed to bail me out?