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'Local girls' to sell Florida bail bond company for $25 million
Orlando Sentinel
Deborah Snow is modest when you ask her about the pending $25 million sale of her longtime family bail-bond company. “It is kind of cool. It is a story about local girls doing well,” Snow said. Snow and her sister, Sharon Jallad, have signed a merger agreement with Randall & Quilter, a British corporation that handles some underwriting for Lloyd’s of London. The price for the pending sale of their company, Accredited Surety & Casualty, is $25 million with $5 million deferred until a 2015 audit.
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Bail reform legislation in NJ would slash Cumberland, Salem jail populations
South Jersey Times
Roughly 40 percent of inmates at the Cumberland County Jail could be eligible for release if the state's proposed bail reform bill is passed, according to the jail's warden. The proposed legislation is gaining traction and was approved by the state Assembly Judiciary Committee in early June.
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Ohio court to see little change in bail bonds
The Review
Alliance Municipal Court officials didn't expect an Ohio Supreme Court decision regarding bail bonds to impact Stark County, Ohio. A 10 percent cash deposit can remain an option for defendants, but judges can't make it mandatory, noting the state constitution's only requirement is that defendants be "bailable by sufficient sureties."
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Stanford law professor: California's prison realignment plan needs adjustments
Stanford News
California's shift of thousands of criminals from state prisons into county jails was intended to ease overcrowding, reduce costs and improve rehabilitation while ensuring public safety. But new research from Stanford Law Professor Joan Petersilia shows how realignment's record so far is mixed. She suggests ways to improve it.
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Judge issues $100,000 warrant for man accused of fleeing during dental appointment
Billings Gazette
A Billings judge has issued a $100,000 warrant for a convicted jewelry thief who failed to return to the county jail as ordered after being released into the custody of his father for a dental appointment. The fugitive, 26-year-old Charles Conrad Jacobsen, was scheduled to plead guilty to felony bail-jumping in District Court.
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Court denies appeal from Mississippi bail bond company
The Clarion-Ledger
A federal appeals panel has upheld a ruling that Mississippi sheriffs are authorized to decide who will — or won’t — write bail bonds in their counties. The ruling came from a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. The ruling upheld a decision by a Mississippi federal judge last year.
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Study finds racial disparity in criminal prosecutions
The New York Times
Black and Hispanic defendants are more likely to be held in jail before trial and more likely to be offered plea bargains that include a prison sentence than whites and Asians charged with the same crimes, according to a two-year study of prosecutions handled by the Manhattan district attorney’s office. The study, by the Vera Institute of Justice, found that race was a significant factor at nearly every stage of criminal prosecutions in Manhattan, from setting bail to negotiating a plea deal to sentencing.
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