How to Post Bail
as either cash bail or bail bond.
DJJ only accepts cash bail. Posting of bail permits DJJ, after
it has accepted the funds for deposit with the Department
of Finance, to discharge a juvenile pending his/her
next court appearance, unless outstanding warrants
or detainers prohibit the juvenile's discharge. A
bail payment obtains the discharge of a juvenile conditioned
on compliance with court orders. It is not a fine,
surcharge or penalty assessment.
Cash Bail - U.S.
currency or other permissible forms of payments are
accepted in the amount designated in an order fixing
Cash bail is posted by a juvenile or on his/her behalf by
a Surety with a court or with DJJ on the condition
that the money will be forfeited to the people of
New York State if the juvenile does not comply with
the directions of a court requiring the juvenile's
attendance at the action involved or does not otherwise
render him/herself amenable to the orders of the court.
The Courts, but not DJJ, also accept payments in partial
security of bail bonds.
Surety - The
person posting bail on behalf of a juvenile.
The Surety assumes the responsibility that the juvenile will
appear in a designated action when required and otherwise
make him/herself amenable to the orders of the court.
If the juvenile fails to comply, the Surety forfeits
the sum posted.
Where Can Bail Be Posted?
Bail can be posted at any one of the three DJJ Secure
Detention facilities in New York City:
Bridges Juvenile Center
1221 Spofford Avenue
Bronx, New York 10474
Crossroads Juvenile Center
17 Bristol Street
Brooklyn, New York 11212
Horizon Juvenile Center
560 Brook Avenue
Bronx, New 10455
can also be posted at the courthouse if the juvenile
is in the court pens for a scheduled court appearance.
Notify the clerk in the part which the juvenile's
case is pending of your intention to post bail. You
will be referred to the Central Clerks' Office, 100
Centre Street, Room 1000, New York, NY 10013, (212)
374-4984, 4985, 4976.
Who can post bail?
Anyone can post bail for a juvenile in DJJ's custody. However,
DJJ will not release the juvenile to anyone other
than the juvenile's parent or guardian without first
receiving permission from the parent or guardian to
person posting bail must present two forms of personal
identification, one of which must display a photo.
Permissible Forms of Bail
will be accepted in any of the following forms: