Archive for the ‘Bail Bond Business’ Category
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.
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 »
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.
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 »
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.
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
Members of the Los Angeles Police Department are teaming up with celebrities to help raise money to support the LAPD Hollenbeck Station Police Activities League (PAL). A department spokesperson said they are hopeful to raise approximately a quarter million dollars which will help the PAL continue to serve underprivileged youth.
The LAPD blog notes a secondary component of the fundraising campaign is to help shine a light on the problem of juvenile delinquency. It is hoped that by making people aware that children of all socioeconomic backgrounds can be tempted, coming up with solution as to how to combat delinquency and underachieving can be formulated.
A number of celebrities have filmed descriptive videos to help raise awareness. Those celebrities include Read more »
Today we conclude our series: War On Public Safety…
The American Bail Coalition believes that it simply does not make sense to abolish an industry that is more than 100 years old and employs more than 25,000 people. The commercial bail system, they said, is the only form of pretrial release that guarantees the their defendants will appear in court. It is also the only system that has built in checks and balances to ensure bondsmen and the people who cosign bail contracts are held accountable for the defendant’s promise to appear.
Time and time again, studies have shown that people released pending trial through the assistance of a bail bonds company are fare more likely to handle their case than those released through non-monetary bail. This industry, they said, has operated successfully since its inception and does so without cost to taxpayers. Moreover, allowing pretrial defendants to be released through pretrial services’ risk-assessment system could potentially put public safety at risk.
Because of this, victims and their advocates need to stand up. They need to Read more »
We continue to bring to you our series: War On Public Safety…
The Justice Police Institute (JPI) has been vocal in their belief the commercial bail industry should be disbanded. Over the past several months they have released two documents filled with arguments as to thy the current system is flawed. The American Bail Coalition (ABC) believes these claims are not only outlandish, they are simply untrue. The ABC has since released a point-counterpoint in hopes of shedding more appropriate light onto the matter.
For Profit Bail Corrupt?
- The JPI says giving complete control over a defendant’s personal liberty is a practice that is more than a bit questionable. They also believe this has led to widespread corruption and abuse. To underscore that stance, they have cited examples of bondsmen colluding with inmates as a means of getting client referrals, instances where bondsmen have extorted clients in order to get more money and other splashy news headlines.
- The American Bail Coalition said the bail bonds industry is nor more or no less corrupt than any other industry out there. They acknowledge corruption exists within commercial bail but also notes it exists within the judicial system and even within pretrial services. Instead of abolishing bail bonds companies, they said, it would be more prudent to clean them up. They also talk about cities like Chicago, that are now dealing with widespread loansharking because the commercial bail industry has been shut town.
Free Alternatives To Bail
- The JPI said non-monetary bail systems have a proven track record. Successful models can be found in both Oregon and Kentucky. There is no reason these types of programs can be replicated throughout the US.
- The Coalition disagrees with claims these programs are successful and says they are substandard at best.
Keep Commercial Bail Or End It
- The JPI is advocating that jurisdictions in states that have not banned bail bonds businesses should implement their own rules and restrictions. Non-financial release options should be presented along with policies and procedures for allowing this type of release.
- The ABC said the US Department of Justice has consistently found Read more »