Oregon: 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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