Bell County's Bond Debate

Bell County’s decision to accept personal recognizance bonds is greatly impacting the bail bonds business.

Robin Reese, president of the Bell County Bail Bond Board and owner of Strike Three Bail Bonds says, “Over the last five or six years the number of people on personal recognizance bonds has tripled. My felony business has dropped off the map.”

Reese claims he used to issue 10 to 12 bonds per weekend, now he often gets none. Another bond employee, Gina Williams of Quick Bail Bonds says several businesses have closed because of the policy. Reese reports that the bail companies previously numbered 22 in Bell County. Now there are 12.

The commissioners disagree with the assessment. They say that 1200 to 1400 people are arrested each month and only 150 get personal recognizance bonds. The rest are in need of a good bond agent.

 

 

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 10:00 AM