Bail Bonds Blog and Resources

Bail Bond Reform: Evolution or Something Else?

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Over the course of human existence, evolution is defined as “the change in the characteristics of a species over several generations and relies on the process of natural selection.” We apply this notion to not just humans, but animals, technology, law, religion, and how societies operate around the world. The assumption is that as evolution proceeds, it’s mostly for the common good. But if that’s the case, how do we explain what’s happening with America’s legal system and cash bonds?

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No-Bail Reform and Riots

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A Link Between Bond Reform and Social Unrest?

If you work in the bail bonding industry, you’ve long known what many others in Adams County, Broomfield County, Weld County and in other communities nationwide are just starting to grasp. Liberal-leaning bail bond reform – specifically, letting defendants stroll out of court on zero-dollar bail – isn’t what it’s cracked up to be. Arguments have gone something like this:

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Bail Bond Advocates are Like a Broken Record

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Bail reform advocates are like a broken record, playing the same old song repeatedly. The tune is predictable. The American judicial system is evil because most states allow the use of cash bail. The cash bail system – a source of income for thousands of law-abiding, hard-working Americans – means a court decides how much money a defendant must pay to be released from jail. But for states that have outlawed the practice, the jukebox has started to play a new song.

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The Cons of Bail Reform

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Prisons across America are overcrowded, leading to budget woes, violence, and health issues. Supporters of bond reform insist issues like these could be solved, if we’d end the cash bail system and stop incarcerating poor people who shouldn’t be jailed in the first place. We agree on overcrowding, budget woes, violence, and health issues – but all because an offender can’t afford bail? The topic of bail bonds reform is complicated, and not often solved when you’re playing someone’s heart strings.

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Lock-Stock-and-a-Barrel of Taxes: AFP Encourages WV to Follow NJ Bail Reform Model

West Virginia State Capitol Building

In a move that can only be described as Liberal Bait and Switch, Americans For Prosperity (AFP) are encouraging West Virginia lawmakers to adopt bail bonds reform adopted in New Jersey! The only problem with their effusive praise of the NJ program, which has supposedly “meaningfully lowered the burden faced by taxpayers,” is that it ignores the consequences of an 800-lb gorilla lumbering across a floor of flimsy wax paper. Namely, he crashed right through and made a huge mess.

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Fighting Back, Robes and All

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The debate about bail bonds reform across the United States is kind of like what’s going on with the Coronavirus. People need to pay attention because of potentially deadly consequences, take care of themselves and fellow man, and exercise caution. Without overreacting! Because not every preventive measure works as intended.

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