Add this to the list........Okay, help me here. This story is all over the news and it's reported that Aunt Becky had a million dollar bail (!!!!). For cheating on college entrance stuff. You can freaking kill someone and get a lower bail than that.
Then there's this Paul Manafort crap. Why are people with non-violent crimes getting these crazy sentences? Hell, a violent criminal would bounce in and out of prison 3 or 4 times during Manafort's sentence for bank and tax fraud.
Bail is generally set at an amount the court thinks you will find significant enough to bring you back to trial. If you have a lot of money they want more to garuntee you come to court.