If you solicit inmate gang members to commit crimes on your behalf, you will wind up in jail.
This hard lesson is one that was recently learned by a California bondsman, who sought out people to commit murder and other violent crimes. The 34-year old bondsman-turned-defendant was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Jail earlier this week.
Court documents show that man frequented the Stanislaus County Jail and posed as a criminal defense investigator. Instead, he was scheduling meetings with gang members in hopes of Read more »
Bartering guns for bail bonds is a big no-no, especially if the bondsman is a convicted felon.
Earlier this week, a Sacramento agent was arrested on this very charge. He is now staring down a barrel that involves multiple weapons violations.
According to the complaint, bondsman-turned-defendant Shawn Rapoza accepted guns as payment from numerous inmates. The District Attorney’s office said many of the weapons were found to be stolen.
Felons are Read more »
Most counties throughout the state are moving toward building new, bigger detention facilities in order to ease overcrowding. The Fresno County Jail, though, is considering a different approach.
They’re suggesting elected officials look into creating additional court rooms.
It’s an interesting approach, to say the least, but some feel that having one designed specifically for Read more »
Recent statistics show that nearly 30 percent of inmates being held at the Sacramento County Jail have some sort of mental health issue.
Jails have never been designed to function as psychiatric hospitals, but as the state’s political climate continues to change, more and more of these individuals are finding themselves behind bars.
This challenge, along with a myriad of others, can be directly attributed to the state’s prisoner realignment program. That shift was implemented in October 2011 and required Read more »
The California inmate realignment law has been in effect for two years now, but a recent Stanford study cites the plan still needs some major tweaks.
The legislation came in response to a Supreme Court ruling that the state reduce its prisoner population to no more than 137.5 percent of rated capacity.
Elected officials then passed a bill that required Read more »
Donor funding that has long provided late night released inmates from the Santa Barbara Jail a free taxi to the downtown transit center, Salvation Army, the Rescue Mission or the St. Anthanasius Orthodox Church has all but dried up.
This, according to the Committee for Social Justice (CSJ), means the program may come to a halt after the first of the year. Many are unaware the program exist, but few would question its value.
Supporters of the free taxi program say their biggest challenge relates to a larger jail population and dwindling financial support. At current, the service is provided by RockStar Transportation. They pick released inmates up, drop them off to their requested destination and get reimbursement funds from the corrections department.
But now, with more Read more »
A few years back, law enforcement officials officials in Harris County, Texas learned that asking taxpayers for a new jail- well, it just didn’t go over so well.
And by “didn’t go over well” we mean the ballot measure failed miserably. This year, however, they’re trying to get new construction approved by re-marketing the facility as a proverbial horse of a different color.
Houston Mayor Annise Parker has gone on the record as saying this project is “fundamentally different” than the one that was placed on the ballot inn 2007.
This one, she said, is Read more »
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors has said they will use recently acquired state grant monies to build a new 160-bed detention facility near the Santa Rosa Jail.
They currently have $36 million in the construction budget, according to a source close to the project. They are also planning on asking Sacramento for an additional $24 million.
The project is a bit different than some of the others you see breaking ground in other areas of the state. It will be both halfway house and jail and will service both probationers and minimum security inmates. The halfway house idea has been pitched as a means of Read more »
The Professional Bail Agents of the United States (PBUS) has announced the session lineup for the 2014 Winter Conference.
The event will take place at the Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, NV. Those who are interested in becoming a bail agent will be able to take certified bail agent classes onsite.
Next year’s conference is set to kick off on Sunday, February 23. Volunteers will be trained between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. From there, the day will include Read more »
Corrections Department officials in Nettukalthery, India have confirmed they are launching a solar project at the local jail.
What’s more astounding, is that a similar project is also being launched at the Thevancode State Institution of Correctional Administration.
Director of General of Prisons and Correctional Services Alexander Jacob said Read more »