Bail bonds are assurances that someone will show up in court when they are supposed to. In order for the court to allow someone to be released, the court must have some assurance they will will make their court appearance. The bail bond is a sum that must be paid if the person does not show up for court. Some bail bonds are “free” in that they rely on the individuals promise to be in court and do no require any money. These are called personal recognizance bail bonds. A judge can allow someone to have this type of PR bond if they when they are confident that the person will show up in court.