What Is a PR Bond?

A personal recognizance, or PR bond, is the release of a defendant without any bail, according to Boulder County government in Colorado. While there is a dollar amount assigned to the bond, the fee is waived and the defendant must sign the bond and promise to return to court.

According to USLegal, PR bonds are usually offered to those who have been arrested for minor crimes, traffic violations and technical crimes. PR bonds are issued before a criminal trial, and the purpose of a bond is to ensure that a defendant returns to court. Not all defendants qualify for bonds.