A survey - compiled by Radio 5 Live - shows that 71,526 people are on bail, including 5,480 who have been bailed
for half a year.
He said: "I think in many ways it has been sensationalised "There's an underlying criticism in this case about the system which exists where people are bailed
from police stations weeks and months before a decision is made.
And for those who are bailed
, there will be more electronic tagging and more orders to report to a police station every day when they are awaiting trial.
Ex-hooker Amy Stewart, 20, murdered an innocent passer-by after being bailed
for stabbing an asylum seeker with a key.
, 29 per cent of offenders who waited six months or more committed a crime, compared with 14 per cent of those dealt with inside two months.
If it's 3AM and you need to be bailed
from jail we hope people will call us.
The figures include one case of an individual who has not been told whether or not they will be charged despite having been arrested and bailed
by the Metropolitan Police three years and seven months ago.
despite a record of violence, he then drove a car at more than 80mph into a phone box and garden fence narrowly missing pedestrians.
As a group, they are probably poor people who would have bailed
out if they had the money.
Thomas, of Y Wern, Queens Park, Wrexham - who faces two charges of driving while disqualified - had originally been bailed
to Plas y Wern bail hostel at Bangor because there was no room locally.