Bail Bonds Blog and Resources

Real Bail Reform is Not Only Possible, It’s Simple

The scales of justice

In recent years the so-called bail reform movement has laid siege to statehouses from coast to coast. Brimming with noble-sounding rhetoric and backed by wealthy individuals who would never have to live with the consequences of the actions they champion, the movement has seen some limited "success" in states like New Jersey and California. But the movement itself is not actually about "bail reform." It's actually about bail elimination. Which is an entirely different matter.

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Maalik Jackson-Wallace: Poster Child of the Bail Bonds Reform Movement

Headline about Maalik Jackson-Wallace

What happens when you simply release violent criminals without bond? Good luck getting a bail bonds reformer to answer that question. Instead, they're likely to spout something about how a bail-free society means fewer people behind bars. Now, if it also meant fewer crimes being committed, that might be something to brag about. But the opposite is actually the case.

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New York Peers Into the Abyss of Bail Reform

New York

Ask most people who say they support eliminating bail why they support it, and you'll likely get some form of "it discriminates against poor people." Okay. If true, that's horrible. But can they provide any evidence it's actually true? "Well," they'll likely reply, "there are a lot more poor people in jail than rich people."

Okay. But does being poor excuse you for murdering someone? Or raping someone? Or stealing their car? Or holding up a family grocery store with a loaded weapon? And if a person is accused of committing these types of crimes, shouldn't there be some way to ensure they show up to face their accuser in court?

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The Truth About Ankle Bracelets and Bail Bonds

Man wearing ankle bracelet

One of the cornerstones of the anti-bail movement has been the oft-repeated notion that the entire concept of the bail bondsman is obsolete. There is nothing a bonding agent does, we've been told, that an ankle bracelet and some software can't do better. It sure sounds great. And in a world where 7-year-olds walk around with more computing power in their pocket than it took to send men to the moon, it's tempting to think it's true. But it's not. And one brave law enforcement official recently displayed the courage to stand in opposition to the catch and release mindset that has gripped parts of the nation.

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What’s the Difference Between Public and Private Bail?

Pounding gavel, handcuffs, and money

Contrary to popular belief there is no constitutional right to bail bonding. “Hogwash!” You say. “What about the 8th amendment?” Well, the 8th amendment does mention bail. But it never states that everyone has a right to bail. Instead it approaches the subject from an oblique angle stating only that “excessive bail shall not be required”. That’s it. Nothing as concrete as the right to bear arms or the right to a speedy trial. The right to bail is inferred by the right to not be saddled with an overtly punitive bail amount. The actual status of bail and its shape is something the founders left to us later generations to figure out.

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How To Tell Your Boss You Were Arrested

Boss learning of his employee's arrest

In the past we discussed whether or not you have to inform your employer that you were arrested. What we concluded was that, if you were arrested on some minor offense and quickly released, it’s pretty much up to you whether you tell the boss. However, if you were arrested on a more serious charge and are facing the possibility of a trial and real jail time, or you are being held for arraignment and are going to miss work, you’ll have to call the boss. And the sooner the better. But there’s a right way and a wrong way to inform your boss that you’ve been arrested. Below we’ll go over the right way.

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