Bail Bonds Blog and Resources

New York Governor Turns Against Cash Bail Reform

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For the past several years, New York governor Hochul has been a vocal supporter of the Arnold Foundation and their efforts to eliminate the bail bond agent in New York. Her support goes back to when she was lieutenant governor and continued after she took over the big office when Andrew Cuomo was forced to resign last year.

Now, just two short months after accusing Republican lawmakers in Albany of “trying to politicize” the issue of bail reform and stating that she would not “cave to pressure” she caved to pressure out of concern for her political future. In mid-March, she put forth a bill that would make significant improvements to the state's catastrophic 2019 anti-bail company reform package that generated a huge uptick in crime and caused the new mayor of NYC to say he no longer felt safe riding the subway.

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The Myth of “Affordable” Bail

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Happy 2021! It’s a new year and guess what? Not much has changed on the cash bail front. There is a gap between the battle lines – for, on one side; against, on the other – and a vast gray area or no-man’s land in the division between the two. As a bondsman working the mean streets in Adams County, Broomfield County, Weld County, or the Greater Denver area, you should be standing squarely on the “for” side of the great battlefield.

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Could President Joe Biden Make An Executive Order Against Cash Bail?

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Now that Prop. 25 in California has been soundly defeated, there is only one thing for supporters of the “end cash bail” movement to do, and that is to find another weapon or loophole to win their unholy war. Because the country has been living in something resembling an alternate reality for the last four years, it is not too hard to imagine where the aggrieved will go next to achieve their goals. Bondsmen everywhere, pay attention to current events.

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Misconduct Allegations Arise in Colorado 17th District Court

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The goings-on behind the bench in Adams County have gotten nasty with allegations of misconduct flying fast and loose in Brighton. Now more than a year into the drama, events have devolved into a series of troubling allegations, blanket denials, counter allegations and official complaints with no resolution in sight.

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California Voters Show Prop. 25 the Door, Preserve Cash Bail

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In what can only be described as a stunning reversal California voters overwhelmingly chose to shoot down former Governor Jerry Brown's 11th-hour attempt to shove bail reform down their throat, rejecting Proposition 25 by more than 2 million votes.

Proposition 25, or Prop. 25 as it’s commonly known, would have eliminated cash bail bonds in California and opened the state up to the kind of chaos that has befallen New Jersey and other states that fell for the bail reform ruse. Jerry Brown had signed Prop. 25 as one of his final acts as Governor in 2018 against widespread opposition. Fortunately, fast-acting voters were able to gather enough signatures to put Prop. 25 on the ballot in 2020, thereby delaying its implementation. That implementation has now been permanently shelved.

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Risk Assessment Redux?

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Some people are never happy. Other people never get the message. And some think the will of the people is an absolute joke, a fraud, a bad dream. When 55 percent of voters in California voted No on Proposal 25, they sent a crystal clear message – the state’s cash bail system will live to fight another day. A bondsman in Adams County, Broomfield County, Weld County, Denver, or elsewhere in Colorado should be concerned with risk assessment tools in Colorado.

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