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 […]

Preventing and Dealing with Pedestrian Car Accidents

April 20th, 2014 written by Bob Miller

According to National Safety Council more than 5,900 pedestrians are killed each year after being hit by cars on US roads and highways with another 85,000 that suffer non-fatal injuries. In fact, one pedestrian dies every two hours after being struck by a vehicle. Almost half of these accidents that resulted in death, 48% to be precise, involved pedestrians and drivers who had consumed alcohol or were under the influence.  Nearly 25% of the reported pedestrian accidents involve children under the age of 15 years of age. In most situations, pedestrians have ‘right of way’. However, pedestrians are required to […]

How are Bail Bonds Determined by a Judge?

February 18th, 2014 written by Bob Miller

When someone is accused of a crime and arrested, they are taken to jail. Once here, the accused files a bail application. During the bail hearing, the judge hears from the defendant as to why they should be granted bail. Before a judge can approve one’s bail application, there are certain factors that are considered. These factors enable the judge to determine whether to grant the accused bail and if so, how much should be set as the amount of the bail bond. The first thing that a judge considers during the bail hearing is the severity of the crime. […]

Commercial Bail Bonds is Part of the Solution to Overcrowding in Prisons

January 23rd, 2014 written by Bob Miller

Prisons are a burden to the taxpayer and strain both state and county resources; this is a well known fact and agreed by all stakeholders. Yet the system as it stands seeks to increase the cost to taxpayers with additional programs and more mandates from the very system that has caused the problem in the first place by placing emphasis on incarceration. The increase in the number of overcrowded prisons has become a subject of alarm more so because of the contentious issues as how to effectively rectify the situation. The debate has been raging on which of the two […]

GPS Monitoring: A Promising Solution that Doesn’t Deliver

December 8th, 2013 written by Bob Miller

With the advent of the GPS (Global Positioning System) technology, many people believe that they can use it to help keep track of criminals who are released before trial instead of keeping them locked up in jail. They think this is a solution to the overcrowding the jails. Many officials are on a constant search for alternatives to house pre-trial inmates. Instead of locking them up in jails, GPS tracking devices are used to monitor the location of defendants who are released prior to their court appearances and ordered by a Judge not to leave a prescribed geographic area. The […]

Bail Bonds and the Blame Game over Jail Overcrowding

May 3rd, 2013 written by Bob Miller

Bail bonds are an essential pretrial option offered by a bail bondsman in most states. Only four states, Illinois, Kentucky, Oregon and Wisconsin, prohibit this option and are experiencing a much higher level of county jail overpopulation and higher costs for taxpayers covering the housing fees. Those defendants are stuck in jail, pending trial dates. The very nature of state statutes that disallow commercial bail bonding companies dictates a larger number of people without the money to pay the expected fees to the county they are jailed in.  This creates the misguided assumption that all people in jail are guilty […]

Bail or Jail for the Blade Runner

February 23rd, 2013 written by Bob Miller

Oscar Pistorius also known as “Blade Runner” because of his accomplishments as the first double leg amputee to participate in the Summer Olympics, was charged with the premeditated murder of Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day this year. His daily court appearances before a South African magistrate displayed the emotional impact and toll to all parties involved, including a stunned following who celebrated the determined athlete during the Olympics. Yet, just as stunned were the fans who embraced his reality show girlfriend for her beauty and charm. South Africa and the United States have two different justice systems, yet when the […]

Getting Arrested Can Happen to Anyone So Be Prepared

January 14th, 2013 written by Bob Miller

Getting arrested is typically something most people don’t plan on happening.   However if it does happen to you, there are some things to keep in mind that may help you deal with the situation. First off resisting arrest regardless of cause or reason for the arrest may lead to more serious charges and less likely the officer will provide further information on the reasons for the arrest.  Try to remain calm and listen to the officers instructions while trying to gather as much information from the officer as to the reason and cause for the arrest.  Perhaps the only legitimate […]

Bail Bond Agents Available To Help

December 13th, 2012 written by Bob Miller

Ever have someone who was at the wrong place at the wrong time?  Do you have a loved one who is in jail, and you don’t know what to do?  A Bail Bonds company can help you in more ways than one. We’ll go over what they do, how they help and what you need to know before you use a bail bondsman. A bail bonds agent is a person who puts forth the money to bail a person out of jail.  Bail bonds as a business started in America in 1898 by Peter McDonough and his brother Tom in […]

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