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Missouri high court rejects challenge to cash-only bail
The Associated Press via The Kansas City Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Missouri Supreme Court ruled that a criminal defendant may be forced to pay cash to be released from jail before trial. A St. Louis-area judge had set a $75,000 cash-only bail for a man accused of invading people's privacy by using a concealed camera in a massage therapy business. The defendant, Kirk Jackson, challenged the cash bail order. More

Attacks on bail bonds will not go undefended
Professional Bail Agents of the United States    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The commercial bail industry continues to endure attacks by pro-government expansion entities like no other profession. In further evidence of this reality, the Justice Policy Institute recently rolled out three new publications intended to make the case for the elimination of bail bonds.
Click on the links below to read these publications.
Bail Fail: Why the U.S. Should End the Practice of Using Money for Bail
For Better or For Profit: How the Bail Bonding Industry Stands in the Way of Fair and Effective Pretrial Justice
Bailing on Baltimore: Voices from the Front Lines of the Justice System

The American Bail Coalition responds to the publications issued by JPI in The War on Public Safety — A Critical Analysis of The Justice Policy Institute's Proposals for Bail Reform. This comprehensive refutation of JPI's assertions prepared by Dr. Dennis A. Bartlett, executive director of ABC, is a must-read and should be printed and used as a reference by every bail agent.

The bail profession must get beyond trying to find reason why public pretrial release supporters are pressing to eliminate commercial bail, a private sector solution that outperforms them two to one. Bail agents must continue to do what we do: get defendants to court and track them down when they fail to appear. There is one critical detail that will forever separate private bail from public — accountability. If bail agents keep spreading the facts, our profession will prevail and so too will an effective criminal justice system.

Greg Peterson bail bondsman: 'It's not the ending we wanted'
The Deseret News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The two bail bondsmen who found the body of Gregory Nathan Peterson called the man's apparent suicide "a tragic situation." Steve Brown and Brian Cogburn, co-owners of All Out Bail Bonds of Utah, which posted Peterson's $2 million bail, found Peterson's body at the man's cabin in Heber City after going there to recharge the ankle monitor they required Peterson to wear as a condition of them posting the money. More

Report recommends reform of bail system
Baltimore Post-Examiner    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Maryland Public Defender Office has been providing representation since June to all defendants seeking counsel in their bail review hearings. But a Justice Policy Institute report released recently on the bail system in Baltimore found the money-bail system itself discriminates against lower income defendants. More

North Carolina county candidates cool to mayor's gun-bond ideas
The Herald Sun    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Durham, N.C., Mayor Bill Bell's push for tighter pretrial bond requirements for people accused of gun crimes didn't get a lot of support from four of the five would-be county commissioners who attended a recent candidates forum. State Rep. Larry Hall moderated the forum and told candidates the mayor wants an amendment to state law that would create a "rebuttable presumption" that some people accused of gun-related crimes should be held without bond. More

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California's prison overhaul changes sentencing structures but leaves judges with little discretion
Santa Cruz Sentinel via the San Jose Mercury News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Since the overhaul of California's state prisons in October 2011, nearly 90 people convicted of felony crimes were sent to Santa Cruz County Jail instead of prison under the new sentencing guidelines. With prison realignment, state officials have carved out a number of types of felony crimes that no longer carry the option of a prison sentence. Instead, offenders convicted of these crimes serve their time locally, be it in county jails or through alternative programs such as drug treatment programs and electronic monitoring. More

Texas authorities continue search for missing wildfire suspect
Amarillo Globe-News via Lubbock Avalanche-Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
An Amarillo man who prosecutors charged with sparking a February 2011 wildfire that destroyed dozens of Potter County homes and burned thousands of acres has been missing for nearly five months, authorities said. Austin Lynn Stephens, 54, was charged with two counts of deadly conduct and one count each of criminal mischief and criminal trespass. Stephens is wanted on a bond surrender for criminal trespass and bond forfeitures for deadly conduct, criminal mischief and criminal trespass, Potter County Sheriff Brian Thomas said. More

California officer repeatedly stabbed by man trying to jump to his death
City News Service via Southwest Riverside News Network    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A man was being held today in lieu of $1 million bail for allegedly stabbing a California Highway Patrol officer multiple times — including in the eye — when the lawman tried to detain him as he was preparing to leap from a freeway overpass in Riverside. The alleged assault happened at the La Sierra Avenue bridge over the Riverside Freeway, according to Riverside police Sgt. David Amador. More

Predicting crime — a step towards a safer world?
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It might sound like a scenario straight out of a science-fiction film, but predictive analytics technology to fight crime already exists. Researchers are working on software that tries to determine which city areas are prone to crime. More

Colorado county's new alternative sentencing department building unveiled
Loveland Reporter-Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Two weeks after offenders helped relocate the Larimer County Alternative Sentencing Department in Fort Collins, Colo., most staff are still trying to get familiar with the 53,000-square-foot facility that's nearly four times the size of the department's former home. The facility, according to Criminal Justice Services Director Gary Darling, represents the county's response to the community's desire to find alternatives outside of expanding the jail. More

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