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Still No Payment On Georgia’s Forfeited Bail Bonds

Although the sheriff himself is out of commission, his department is picking up the slack. They are in the process of researching the validity of those bonds on the courthouse records that are said to be unpaid. If it is indeed determined that money is due on a bond, the sheriff’s...

Relief in Chicago For Inmates Who Cannot Afford Bond Payments

In Cook County, Illinois, non-violent offenders have been given a second chance to petition for their release thanks to the initiative known as the Motion To Reconsider proposed by county President, Toni Preckwinkle. This new attitude will foster an increase in staff whose job...

Controversial Anti-Islamic Filmmaker Held Without Bail in Los Angeles

Basseley was arrested late last month for lying about his identity and having changed his name back in 2002 to Mark Bassely Youssef but without telling federal officials. It was this fact that heavily affected his probation concerning the bank fraud allegation. Press sources...

Setting Bond Seen As Key Issue In Magistrate Race

The citizens of Cabell County are somewhat split on the setting of bail bonds for criminal defendants.

Pennsylvania Bondsman Comes To Terms Over Bail Forfeiture Dispute

His bad luck could have been worse, for at least he was able to track down the defendant, Rudolf Zigray, and deliver him right to the doorstep of the courthouse.

How is Bail Cost Determined?

No one wants to shell out hard-earned money after being arrested, but posting bail is a sad fact of life many have to deal with. Bail is the amount of money you pay to the court after being arrested to ensure not just your release until your trial, but that you will return for...

California Officials Address Prison Overcrowding

It took decades for the problem to reach its current proportions and according to the Los Angeles Times, last year the United States Supreme Court finally upheld population ceilings which were designed to not only limit the number of prisoners incarcerated, but also to improve...

Freed After 19 Years: Hope Springs Eternal for Wrongfully Convicted

According to the Los Angeles Times, 37-year-old John Edward Smith served 19 years of a life sentence for a 1993 drive-by shooting murder, that he did not commit. Through the efforts of Deidre O’Connor, founder of the non-profit organization, Innocence Matters and her dedicated...

North Carolina Offers One Choice For Bail Bond Training

There are supporters of the change: those concerned with the state’s tight payroll and a need for integrity within the industry. Wayne Goodwyn, Insurance Commissioner, firmly believes that the operation of multiple companies is a positive force because they prevent his own department...

Missouri Bail Bondsman Speaks About Toddler Locked in Filthy Home

According to Vetsch, the child was in terrible condition and the home was in complete disarray. Pornographic tapes and used needles lay strewn everywhere and the police report stated that if a fire had erupted the child would have been unable to unlock or raise the windows in...

How to Get Your Bail Lowered or Waived

Getting arrested is a terrifying prospect, especially when you consider the financial implications. Not only do you risk losing your job or missing out on precious work hours, you face a potentially high bail.

Pre-Holiday Kindness: Bail Bond Company Hot Line Sponsors Toy Giveaways

This toy drive is an example of how caring professionals can involve themselves in community causes that will benefit the greater good. This project will insure that brand new toys will be given to needy children in their local area this holiday season. The idea of giving back...

No-Cost Personal Bonds Make Judges Leery

The judges in Harris County are known to be on the conservative side and it is for this reason primarily that they are reluctant to grant no-cost personal bonds, which have become very popular in other parts of the state.

Missouri Court Considers Cash-Only Bail Requirements

The truth of the matter is that many who are arrested can be released from jail as soon as bond is posted. Usually a bail bondsman covers the cost of the bond for a fee. Judges also have the option to establish a cash-only bail that requires defendants to pay the full sum in...

What Happens To You When You Can't Post Bail or Get a Bail Bondsman?

You never thought it would happen to you but it has: You’ve been arrested and now have to post bail to avoid sleeping in a prison. For the uninformed, bail is merely an agreement set forth with the court that ensures you will return when it’s time for your court date. Unfortunately,...

Colorado Bail Bondsman Believes Deregulation Will Create Rogue Bounty Hunters

In an example of life imitating art, Bobby Brown, the Colorado Springs bail bondsman who gained fame in episodes of cable TV's Dog the Bounty Hunter spoke bluntly to the press about the deregulation of bounty hunters in his home state.

Alabama Judge Refuses to Block New Bail Bond Fees

Judge McCooey’s unorthodox views towards restorative justice programs are no doubt behind her reasoning to block the new law. Several individuals and bail bond companies have filed a lawsuit seeking to stop the law. Although the judge has denied this preliminary injunction, she...

Taxpayers Help Some South Florida Fugitives Through Benefits

In the case of fugitives, it is admittedly not entirely clear who is responsible for notification to benefit agencies. The Department of Corrections asserts that it should not be their responsibility, since as a person on bond isn’t in their custody. In keeping with passing the...

Tips for Getting a Bail Bondsman

When utilizing the services of a bail bondsman, you want to make sure that the one you choose is certified, professional, and on the level. Sadly, in many instances, you don’t have time to do your research and just have to choose one out of the phone book. However, if you’re...

New Trial for Indiana Woman After 16 Years In Prison

She was originally sentenced to 60 years in prison after a Decatur County jury convicted her of murder and arson. She came before the same judge back in 2006 when a petition was filed on her behalf for post-conviction relief based on new evidence.

Lawyers for Msgr. William J. Lynn Appeal For Bail in Higher Court

Lawyers claimed in Superior Court that their 61-year-old client presents no public danger or flight risk as his roots are planted deeply within the community and to violate bail conditions at this point would greatly hamper his better-than-average chances of winning an appeal.

Bail Bond Fee Hike Displeases Bail Bondsmen

Bail bondsmen throughout the state have voiced their displeasure over this new law. Earlier this year the Alabama Bail Bonding Association unsuccessfully lobbied against its passage, stating its concerns lay with both the increase and the $35 fee, the cost of which would fall...

State Representative Accused of Beating Wife and Driving Drunk is Free on Bail

Detained in Lehigh County Prison, a condition of his bail forbids contact with his wife, Norma Jane Brennan. Another stipulation demands that he undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow resulting treatment recommendations.

Will Electronic Monitoring Work For Redwood City Jail?

Inmates who would be eligible for this type of release must be charged with crimes that are non violent. High risk and dangerous offenders do not qualify. As it stands, pre-trial inmates comprise about 60% of Redwood City jail inmates, but according to the sheriff’s department...

Bernie Madoff and the Injustice of His Bail

In early December of 2008, the investment world was shook when it was revealed that billionaire investor Bernard Madoff was arrested for bilking hundreds of investors out of a combined $65 billion. This massive Ponzi scheme resulted in his arrest on December 11th, a day after...

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