Back to School: Bail Beginnings and Change

Written by Bail Expert on August 29, 2014 – 5:33 am -

A History Lesson

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Lately bail reform has been in the news, but really this isn’t new news.

Bail has been a part of the US practically from the beginning. In the late 1790s the US Congress decided that anyone who had not been accused of a crime punishable by death should be granted the option of posting bail.

Changes came a little more than 100 years later, when lawmakers felt bail amounts were too closely tied to the defendant’s ability to pay and the crime they were accused of committing.

In the middle part of the twentieth century another round of changes were handed down.  That’s when the US Supreme Court deemed that bail may not be excessive, although it could be set in line with the type of crime that was committed.

A decade later, Congress started to put together guidelines for the bail system to make sure financially strapped defendants weren’t unjustly held for no other reason than lacking the ability to pay.

And then, in the 1980s,  courts were given the authorization to set and /or deny bail based on whether the person in custody was considered to be a risk to society.

Bail reform in New Jersey

Lawmakers in the Garden State Read more »

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Is Bail Reform Needed?

Written by Tonya Rynerson on August 4, 2014 – 11:45 am -

Late last week, the NJ state senate passed two proposals set forth by Gov. Chris Christie.

The bail system is broken according to Governor Christie.  If someone is accused of a crime and can’t afford to post bail bonds, they’ll be stuck behind bars until their case is over amounting to “debtors prison”.

Christie is also worried it’s causing innocent people to plead guilty to crimes they didn’t commit so they can get released for time served.

Scales of Justice

 

Many in the legislature seem to agree, but they also feel there are significant details to be worked out.

It seems like Governor Christie needs additional education in bail.

The state assembly is set to look at the proposal on Tuesday.  It’s still unclear whether they’ll pass or veto what’s being put on the table.

Two Proposals

One of the two proposals up for vote Read more »

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Inisde The Salinias County Jails

Written by Bail Expert on April 11, 2014 – 6:51 am -

From our Inside California Jails Series

The long-vacant Salinas Jail is best known for detaining Cesar Chavez in the 1970s

The former Salinas Jail was abandoned more than 30 years ago and elected officials are still trying to figure out what to do with it.

On one hand, it contains a lot of history- especially considering it’s the detention center that held labor rights leader Cesar Chavez after he refused to stop a labor boycott in the 1970s.

On the other hand, it’s not in very good shape and hasn’t been maintained for three decades.  Fixing it will be costly.

Today, Greg Rynerson Bail Bonds continues with our sixteenth series in our California Jails: Inside Salinas County Jails.

Here, we will fill you in on:

  • Which agencies are fighting to have the building preserved and historically designated
  • How they intend to stop its demolition
  • The consultant that’s been hired to help find an alternative use for the facility
  • The initial cost to start weatherizing and repairing the jail’s long-leaking roof
Is there a jail you’d like to learn more about? Let us know- we’ll get you “inside” (or, if you need, we’ll get you out!)

 

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2014 PBUS Elections Are Just Around The Corner

Written by Bail Expert on September 16, 2013 – 5:59 am -

The Professional Bail Agents of Association (PBUS) of the United States will soon be holding elections for the 2014 Board of Directors.

The elections are open to any active member who is interested in running.  Those wishing to have their names appear on the pre-printed ballot will need to submit their names to the Nominating Committee before February 7 of next year.

PBUS 2014 elections

From there, the Nominating Committee will send the names of each of the nominees to PBUS  by the following week.  Nominations will made during Read more »

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Supreme Court Will Not Delay Release Of CA Inmates

Written by Bail Expert on August 5, 2013 – 5:15 am -

The U.S. Supreme Court has said that California will need to comply with a previous order that requires prisons release an additional 10,000 inmates before the end of the year.

This order has been alarming to law enforcement officials from all areas of the state.  Sheriff’s departments question how they will handle a sizable influx of parolees.  Police departments are concerned that this release will lead to an increase in crime.

inmate overcrowding

Gov. Jerry Brown has said the decision puts all Californians at risk.

The order was first handed down several years ago after inmate advocacy groups filed a lawsuit.  Attorneys for the plaintiffs argued Read more »

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Wisconsin Says No To Bondsmen; Bounty Hunters

Written by Bail Expert on July 1, 2013 – 5:51 am -

The recent debate as to whether to reintroduce commercial bail bonding in the state of Wisconsin has come to a close.

The most recent news indicates that Gov. Scott Walker has vetoed measure that would have allowed bail recovery agents, also known as bounty hunters, from operating within the state.   The measure was officially struck down on Sunday.

Bounty Hunters

The state’s bail bonds industry was disbanded in 1979 after it was learned that a judge was accepting lavish gifts from an area bondsman.  Since that time the Wisconsin criminal justice system has Read more »

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Sheriffs Nationwide Agree: Commercial Bail Bonds Industry Does It Best

Written by Bail Expert on June 28, 2013 – 5:57 am -

Earlier this week, industry experts traveled to the National Sheriff’s Association Conference.    Each year this team conducts a survey.  Namely, they want to evaluate how sheriffs from throughout the country feel about commercial bail bonding.

How are licensed bail bonds professionals doing as a whole?   What words would they use to describe the industry?  Do they feel that bail bonds are an effective means of pretrial release?  Answers to some of these questions are listed below.

NSAstat2  1.  Sheriffs from all over the US reportedly feel that commercial bail bonds are Read more »

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Former OC Sheriff Will Not Get Early Prison Release

Written by Bail Expert on April 12, 2013 – 10:57 pm -

The former leader of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department who was  convicted of witness tampering will not get an early prison release.  Michael Carona is currently being detained in a Colorado detention center.  He was sentenced to serve 5 and half years in Littleton, CO in early 2011.

The Englewood Federal Correctional Institution is also where former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is being detained.

Carona’s attorneys reportedly filed a motion requesting early release late last year.  His legal team argued that he was improperly sentenced by a US district judge who misinterpreted language in a US Supreme Court ruling that narrowed the legal definition of “kickback”.   The appeals board disagreed.   That judge said that Carona’s sentence was earned.  He betrayed the trust of the people tho elected him to serve as the leader of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
The former OC Sheriff served in that capacity from 1999 until 2009.  Prosecutors indicted him in 2007 on charges of Read more »

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PBUS To Hold Winter Conference In Las Vegas

Written by Bail Expert on January 11, 2013 – 6:45 pm -

The Professional Bail Agents of the United States (PBUS) will be holding its annual winter conference during the dates of Feb. 24 to 27 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The Mirage Resort and Casino is slighted to be this year’s venue.

The tentative agenda for the conference is as follows.   Sunday Feb. 24 will include a volunteer registration, committee meetings, exhibitor set-up and pre-registration.  A Board of Directors meeting will take place that afternoon and a first-time attendees reception will be held in the evening at the hotel’s Calypso Court.

Monday, attendees will have the chance to meet and greet at the morning break and registration.  Seminars taking place that day will include electronic skip-tracing techniques and Read more »

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San Bernardino Police Department Disbandment Being Considered

Written by Bail Expert on November 14, 2012 – 2:46 pm -

The San Bernardino City Council is considering a measure which, if passed, would dissolve the San Bernardino Police Department. A city spokesperson said they have already contacted the Sheriff’s Department to request they provide a bid outlining their cost to provide police services.

Accrding to a recent news report, the city filed for bankruptcy protection last summer after learning they were facing a budget shortfall of $46 million.  In order for the bankruptcy petition to be considered, a number of cost cutting measures need to be explored.

The Mayor and City Attorney have indicated they are not in favor of disbanding the San Bernardino Police Department but at this point, their hands are tied.  Both point out that without being granted bankruptcy protection the city will be at the mercy of its creditors.

Some residents feel the Sheriff’s department will Read more »

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