This is a type of release from custody. If you've been released from custody after a bail hearing, you will get a recognizance of bail. This document states the terms under which you have been released. It says when you must go to the court. It may also include conditions of your release. For example, you may be required to be home during certain hours. A recognizance requires you or your surety to pledge a specific amount of money as a security before you're released.