Portland OregonOregon: Go To Jail, Stay There

As a former Oregonian, I find it interesting that the state legislator is finally considering allowing bail bond companies to operate in the state of Oregon. While Oregon alllows for bail, bail bond companies have been unable to operate in Oregon since 1974. Only four states in the US do not allow bondsman. HB 2682 would require an interim committee to study the issue prior to the next legislative session. Allowing bondsmen should allow more people to get out on bail while being overseen by bondsmen, relieving pressure in jails while providing assurances for return to court.

Oregon: Skipping Bail? Go There

Apparently, HB 2682 specifically is written to permit sureties to offer commercial surety release (or, in plain English, bondsman can provide bail bonds for a fee). Unfortunately, Oregon’s fugutive laws are not being reviewed at this time. Under current laws, Oregon will not allow a bondsman retrieve an individual wanted in antoher state. For example, if a someone “skips bail” in California and is living in Oregon, it would be illegal for a bail bondsman to travel to Oregon to make an arrest and return the indivual to justice. If a bondsman or fugitive recovery person (better known as a bounty hunter) arrested a fugative in Oregon, the individual could be found guilty of kidnapping or false imprisonment. As a result, many fugitives choose Oregon as their domicile for eluding authorities. Why go to Mexico when you’ve got Oregon?

These antiquated Oregon laws have allowed fugitives a cozy resting place while “thumbing their noses” at the law. I believe this goes against public policy. Why would the State of Oregon want fugitives choosing to reside in their state? It does not seem logical. It is my hope that Oregon legislator’s find the necessary common sense to move forward with the needed legislation to change these inferior laws.

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  1. Matt
    June 29, 2009 at 11:07 am

    It is mind-boggling that fugitive recovery cannot happen in Oregon. How frustrating and pointless! Maybe if the citizens of Oregon were keenly aware of the side-effects from housing free range criminals, they’d press for change.

  2. Sarah
    July 1, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    I relocated out of this state- and glad I did. This truly is a State where they give the criminals the upper hand. The good, honest people- are the ones that suffer. Their excuse for not housing criminals for minor crimes is lack of funds. Their reason for not setting up additional security options- It would take to much time and money. You live within a city full of criminals. If this is your idea of security for your family- think again.

  3. Cooper
    July 28, 2011 at 7:47 am

    I have been a fugitive recovery agent for 9 years and Oregon is so fustrating! As the criminals are learning about the safe haven in Oregon they are on their way! However, even though I can not arrest the defendant in Oregon, IF the state the defendant is running from that has the warrant issued would make the warrant exterditable then Oregon will arrest the defendant and transport back to the issuing state. The problem with this is, if the charge is a misdemeanor the issuing state will not make the warrant exterditable so defendants with using drugs, dui’s, theft, types of domestics and battery charges are safe to hide in Oregon. Sad for the residence in Oregon because these crimes only lead to more serious charges eventually. the people of Oregon need to speak up and get the trash out and back to answer for their charges in other states.

  4. anonymous
    December 17, 2014 at 6:50 am

    So misdemeanor fugitives are safe in Oregon if they skip bail in Nevada for example and move to Oregon. HOw about felony fugitives? If theit bail gets revoked in Nevada does the same law still apply?

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