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  • When released on a personal recognizance bond, a defendant gives the court his word that he will show up to future court dates. The defendant also acknowledges a debt to the court equal to the total amount of the bond. If the defendant breaks the conditions of his bond, he owes the debt to the Court, and the judge may revoke his bond and return him to jail.
  • In normal circumstances, courts release defendants on personal recognizance bonds before trial. However, if the bonding court determines that the defendant might skip court appearances or cause unreasonable danger to the community, it will not release the defendant on a personal recognizance bond. Judges have a choice in making this determination.