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 […]

War on Public Safety and The Bail Industry

October 27th, 2012 written by Bob Miller

The Justice Policy Institute (JPI) has declared a War on Public Safety by going after the commercial bail system. Bail is an Eight Amendment right which protects the “innocent until proven guilty” from being held in custody, on excessive bail, prior to trial. JPI suggestions sound very altruistic and “warm and fuzzy”, but the truth is that their plan will put more and more of the public in danger from the criminal element, while costing U.S. Tax Payers millions of more dollars; at a time when our governments are already near, if not in, bankruptcy! Dr. Dennis A. Bartlett, Executive […]

George Zimmerman Bail Bonds Hearing This Friday

June 26th, 2012 written by Bob Miller

Back in the early 90s, Rodney King plaintively asked “ can’t we all just get along?”   Rodney King who recently passed away, you’ll recall, was the black man beaten by white cops in Los Angeles whose acquittals  in the court system touched off devastating race riots in that city. Once again, it seems, our country is  polarized along sides of racial divide in the Trayvon Martin murder case. The shooter in the case, George  Zimmerman (portrayed variously as White, Hispanic, or White/Hispanic), used the court hearing for his bail on April 20, to  apologize to the family of his victim, […]

Bail Bonds is the Answer to California’s AB 109 Jail Overccrowding

December 18th, 2011 written by Bob Miller

On October 1, 2011, California’s new realignment plan Assembly Bill 109 or AB 109 took effect, beginning a transfer of more than 30,000 state inmates to local county jails and  supervision.  The idea is that shifting prisoners from overcrowded California state prisons will save money, however the effect of this change will lead to jail overcrowding and increase the costs of local law enforcement already stretched too thin.  According to an LA Times story on Nov. 11, Los Angeles County’s jails could run out of space as early as the next month due to realignment Despite these added responsibilities, counties […]

Lindsay Lohan LA County Jail Bail Saga Continues

November 28th, 2011 written by Bob Miller

Looks like overcrowding at the LA County Jails has allowed Lindsay Lohan to receive a get out of jail card in her most recent game of Crime and Punishment with the LA Superior Court.  Lohan, the child actress and now famous bad girl who has recently posed for Playboy, served only 4.5 hrs of a 30 day sentence for violating probation in a DUI case and theft of a necklace.  The 25-year-old actress was booked into the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood California at 8:58 p.m. and was seen leaving in a chauffeured Escalade a little past 1:30 a.m.  […]

Overpopulation at Los Angeles County Jails

November 26th, 2011 written by Bob Miller

Based on current projections, Los Angeles County jail may be out of space for new inmates by as soon as next month.  Higher than expected booking of state prisoners is one of the major causes.  Los Angeles County booked more than 900 state prisoners versus the expected number of 600 as a result of transfers from state prison.  Due to a United States Supreme Court decision that went into effect not long ago, requires the state of California to reduce its prison population by 30,000 due to overcrowding. In some counties the counts are even higher.  Orange County jails received […]

Daryl Hannah Gets Bailed Out of Jail for Tar Sands Protest

September 30th, 2011 written by Bob Miller

Actress Daryl Hannah was bailed out of jail recently after refusing to move off the sidewalk in front of the White House, where she and other protesters were gather to demonstrate against  a planned oil pipeline which purportedly will run from Canada to the U.S. Gulf coast. The actress, known for her work in such movies as “Splash” , “Roxanne” and “Kill Bill” has been arrested and bailed out of jail for protesting other environmental causes such as the destruction of a Los Angeles California urban community garden in 2006, and again in 2009 for a mountaintop removal in West […]

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