The California Bail Agents Association (CBAA) is just about wrapping up its 34th annual convention. The event took place on the historical Queen Mary, located in Long Beach, CA..

This year’s featured speakers included Dr. Robert Morris, W.T. Bill Marx, Sr.,  Captain Adam Hopkins,  Lynne Brown and Investigator Bob Taft.

The Queen Mary

Morris, who is a professor at the University of Dallas at Texas discussed a groundbreaking study on pretrial release.  He and his team discovered that when these defendants fail to appear in court, the cost to taxpayers is substantial.

Commercial bail bonding, he said, is hands down the most effective form of release.   The CBAA is hopeful to get a similar study done in California.

Marx spoke on “Image and Attitude” and also went into what he describes as being the “Basic Techniques of Old School Bonding”.   He also addressed the value of working with principles, being honest and personable, maintaining a sense of humor and working to get information.

Hopkins is the founder and lead instructor for Lumicore Training LLC.  They are currently developing a protocol to deal with people who are experiencing Excited Delirium Syndrome.  Excited Delirium Syndrome is a condition that starts off with a number of symptoms including anxiety, hallucinations, elevated body temperature, insensitivity to pain,  violent and bizarre behavior and superhuman strength.

In many cases, when members of law enforcement encounter individuals in this state they may try to subdue them with restraints and tasers.  If tasers are used in this situation it could result in death.

Brown, who serves as the Director of Advocates for Public Safety, talked about the state’s inmate realignment program.  She touched upon the who what when where why and how of it, how it is impacting public safety and the commercial bail industry.  She closed with thoughts on what can be done to change it and is proactively working to get the Prison Realignment Assembly Bill overturned.

Lastly, Taft discussed the commercial bail industry from a law enforcement perspective.  He currently works with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Special Operations Bureau and frequently works alongside other law enforcement agencies.

Attendees were granted six continuing education credit hours for their participation.

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