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Exercise 1: Bail in Different Systems

Source materials for the following questions will be found in Phillip Reichel's Comparative Criminal Justice Systems, Chapter 1.

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Try to answer in 25 words or so. Make each answer integral, so that I can read it without reference to the exercise or the question itself.

  1. Reichel uses the term "American" in this text. Why does that matter? And how does he explain it? (p.3)

  2. What tension necessarily arises between the individual and the community when an arrest occurs? (p.13)

  3. Reichel describes different ways of handling "bail," one of the resolutions to this problem? What is the major social issue raised by different approaches to bail? (pp. 20-21)

  4. What primary purpose does classification serve, according to Reichel? And is it definitive?