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Increased regulation for bail bonds industry passes committee
Pennsylvania Business Daily
Pennsylvania's bail bonds industry is a step closer to increased regulation after the unanimous passage of HB 367 by the House Judiciary Committee this week. Drafted by state Rep. Bryan Cutler, R-Peach Bottom, the bill requires bondsmen to be licensed as insurance producers by the Pennsylvania Insurance Department and to secure assurance of financial ability to cover assumed liability in their cases.
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Decision may prompt bail reform in New Mexico
Albuquerque Journal
A New Mexico Supreme Court decision issued last November is having a potentially far-reaching impact on where criminal defendants reside and the conditions by which they must abide as they await trial.
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Pennsylvania county controller takes jail to task again on bail bond account
Observer-Reporter
For the second year in a row, an audit by the office of Controller Michael Namie has found that Washington County jail personnel are not turning over bail bond money to the clerk of courts' office on the next business day as required by the jail's own policy.
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City Council: Do not pass go on bad-idea bail fund
New York Daily News
Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito wants to hand Get Out of Jail Free cards to criminal defendants — paid for not with Monopoly money, but with yours.
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Bond changes land case in court
WREG-TV
Making bond is sometimes the only thing that stands between a suspect and being released from jail. Sometimes, when bonds are high, coming up with the 10 percent you have to pay can be difficult. Bond companies have allowed clients to pay part of their 10 percent bond and credit the rest in smaller monthly payments.
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Audit: Louisiana city police collected, set bail illegally
Opelousas Daily World
The Washington Police Department may have broken state law by setting and collecting bail bonds from individuals arrested, according to a report from the Louisiana state auditor.
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