The Bail Reform Act
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The Bail Reform Act of 1984 states that arrestees that are charged with serious offenses may be detained prior to trial if there is sufficient and substantial evidence to prove that they pose a threat to the public if they are released. The arrestee has the right to request defend himself before the court, to present witnesses, to be represented by (a) lawyer(s), and to cross-examine the witnesses that testify against them. The goal of the Bail Reform Act is to avoid serious offenders who demonstrate the intent to commit more crime from inflicting harm on innocent victims pending their trial. The safety of the members of the community is prioritized.