James Musick: The Jail and The Man

October 17th, 2016 written by Scott Miner

This will be the third installment of the ongoing series of posts about Orange County jails. The third jail in the Orange County Jail system is the James Musick Facility, also known as The Farm. James Musick was an interesting guy! Musick is a one hundred acre minimum security facility. The facility is located in an unincorporated area of the county near the cities of Irvine and Lake Forest. Originally the facility held a maximum of 200 male minimum-security inmates and was referred to as the “County Industrial Farm” or the “Honor Farm.” Since 1986, the inmate housing capacity has […]

The History of Theo Lacy and Orange County’s Jails

September 19th, 2016 written by Scott Miner

Theophilus “Theo” Lacy,  was a farmer, stable operator, and former Santa Ana town treasurer. He was also Orange County’s second (1891-95) and fourth (1899-1911) sheriff. Because the county was principally agricultural and sparsely populated, however, Lacy didn’t have much to do other than chase vagrants, look into an (infrequent) fight or robbery, and oversee the simple jail. Theo Lacy died in June 1918, as one of the county’s best-known citizens. Today, one of Orange County’s modern jails is named after the Lacy family. The Spurgeon Square Jail, aka “Lacy’s Hotel,” 1897-1924 Today, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department oversees three jails, with […]

Is it a crime to be poor? (We don’t think so)

September 2nd, 2016 written by Scott Miner

Is it a crime to be poor?   by Scott Miner Lightnin’ Hopkins, the most heavily recorded blues musician once wrote a song entitled “It’s a sin to be rich, it’s a low-down shame to be poor”. The United States Justice Department recently issued a ruling stating that holding defendants in jail is unconstitutional based on the fact that they can’t afford to make bail. The court filing said that it is a violation of the US Constitution Fourteenth Amendment. This is the first time the government has taken a position like this before a federal appeals court. It’s the latest […]

Orange County Bail Bonds Payment Plans and Financing

June 14th, 2016 written by Bob Miller

When seeking bail bond services in Orange County, you should understand how much it will ultimately cost you and how this process works. Generally speaking, you will be charged a rate of between 8 and 10 percent on any bail bond in California. This rate is applied to the amount of money that it costs to get you or your loved one out of jail. Any rate that falls beyond those parameters is actually illegal and, therefore, should be avoided. Orange County Bail Bonds charges the bare minimum of 8 percent, so you won’t find a legal option anywhere in […]

How Does a Bail Bond Work in Orange County?

June 1st, 2016 written by Bob Miller

When dealing with a bail bonding company, it is best that you are aware of the procedure and the steps that you must follow in order to complete this transaction. The goal here is to help you or your loved one get out of jail while awaiting a court date and bail bonds companies are here to help. Make sure that you know exactly what you are getting into before you begin and call Orange County Bail Bonds at 800-422-4540 if you have any questions about the process. From start to finish, the process shouldn’t take very long at all. […]

Criminal Sexual Conduct Charges and the Law

December 28th, 2015 written by Bob Miller

We frequently hear in the news that a certain politician, entertainer or business executive is being accused or charged with some type of sexual impropriety, misconduct or sex crime.  What are the consequences of being charged with a sex crime and what can you do?   Being charged with a Criminal Sexual Conduct (CSC) crime or lawsuit can result in serious consequences and legal penalties. The penalties are even more extreme if minors are involved.  The defendant can face life imprisonment and even the burden of being registered as a sex offender. Sex crimes can range from rape and pedophilia to […]

Proposition 47 Votes in Unexpected Trouble

July 4th, 2015 written by Bob Miller

California’s Proposition 47 was hailed as a fix for the state’s burdened criminal justice system before its passage in November. Only a few months later, it’s looking like the proposition is in need of repair itself. Its passage was supposed to decriminalize the least serious offenses and reduce the state’s crowded prison populations. Law enforcement fears that holes in the system would develop appear to be coming true, and state lawmakers are already proposing changes. According to Ballotpedia, an online almanac of U.S. politics, some provisions continue to draw criticism in the California Legislature. Several bills were introduced to amend […]

Orange County California Jails Turning into Mental Hospitals as the Number of Mentally Ill Inmates Increases

February 3rd, 2015 written by Bob Miller

A Bureau of Justice Statistics special report estimates that more than half of all prisoners and jail inmates have or had some form of undiagnosed or diagnosed mental health problem. This is compounded by rampant substance abuse issues already facing many of these inmates. California prisons and jails have become homes for people with mental illness who pose a threat to the facility, jail staffers, and other prisoners whom are ill-equipped to deal with these issues. California’s major prisons are at risk of facing a lawsuit if they deny offenders with mental illness proper treatment while incarcerated. California is currently […]

Orange County Jails More Dangerous Than Ever

December 12th, 2014 written by Bob Miller

Pressure has continued to build up in local jails in Orange County after changes which were introduced in order to reduce the population in state prisons. The state law which is referred to as AB109 required non serious and low level offenders to be sentenced to county jails instead of state prison in order to serve their sentence, no matter how long the sentence might be. Even though this was intended to reduce the population of prisoners in state prisons, it has had a very negative impact on county jails. County jails have become crowded with serious offenders who are […]

Violence is on the Rise in Orange County Jails

May 31st, 2014 written by Bob Miller

A plan that was designed to reduce prisoners’ population in state prisons has had very negative effects on county jails in Orange County. According to the new state laws passed a few years ago, lower level criminals are transferred from state prisons to local jails in order to serve the remainder of their sentence. This move has made safety to be a serious concern in county jails. The inmates who have been transferred from state prisons have become a high security risk. Some of them are parolees who have committed crimes and are sent back to custody. Others are offenders […]

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