Bail Bonds Blog and Resources

He’s Looking at Bail from Both Sides Now

New York State Mayor Bill de Blasio giving impassioned speech on bail bonding reform

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is having second thoughts about bail reform just one month after the state’s catch and release, no-bail law went into effect. The reasons why the mayor - formerly a staunch bail bonds reform advocate - is now instituting a political course correction is because exactly what opponents of the law said would happen has happened. Bail reform opponents warned politicians in New York that they were opening a Pandora’s box that could lead to a lawless state. Mayor de Blasio disagreed; until new statistics showed they were right. Now the mayor wants changes to bail reform.

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The No-Bail Chickens Come to Roost

New York politician gives speech against bail reform to fans of cash bail bonding

As New York politicians scramble to adjust their anti-bondsman stands to conform more closely with public sentiment the first chickens have come home to roost following the recent implementation of that state's so-called 'bail reform' law. Two incidents, in particular, have been garnering a fair amount of media attention and for good reason. They are perfect examples of exactly what prosecutors, law enforcement and the more enlightened legislators in Albany warned about. Let’s take a closer look at these events.

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Sucker Punch a Cop, Get Out of Jail Free!

Monopoly Board Jail Space and 'Get Out of Jail Free' Card

The brave new bail-free world was on full display recently in New York City. And if this is a sign of things to come we’re all in trouble. Actually, it’s not a sign of things to come. It’s a sign of things that are already here thanks to the efforts of the anti-bail bonds (and now-defunct) Arnold Foundation and their myriad enablers in Albany and elsewhere.

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More Proof That Bail Reform Doesn’t Work

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking to press on bail bonding legislation

New York State is poised to take a leap into the chaotic on January 1, 2020 when so-called ‘bail reform’ finally hits the books. On that day nearly 4,000 people across the state will received get out of jail free cards from the state in one of the largest mass releases ever. Andrew Cuomo and his fellow anti-bail bonds zealots, safely ensconced in their Albany offices, are hailing this as a new day for freedom. While judges, prosecutors, police and private citizens statewide are denouncing it as a dangerous, short-sighted political ploy intended to help Cuomo shore up his less than stellar reputation among leftists in the Democratic Party. Galen A. Tryon of Warrensburg is firmly in Cuomo’s corner. Who is Galen A. Tryon? Read on to find out.

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Bail Reform: Undermining Quality of Life One Release at a Time

Animated man walks out of jail cell into sunlight

Bail reform is creating a generation of fugitives as no-shows in court increase by 40 and in some cases 50% in parts of the country. In Atlanta, court no-shows have exploded by more than 70% since the city introduced bail reform in 2018. But the price Americans are paying for eliminating bail goes well beyond the fact that victims are being denied the ability to obtain justice. Eliminating the bail bonds system erodes our very quality of life by making our streets more dangerous, less welcoming places.

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California Provides a Template for Dealing with Catch and Release Laws

Two road signs labelled with RIGHT DIRECTION and WRONG DIRECTION against blue sky

Last year outgoing California Governor Jerry Brown signed a law known as SB10. Virtually every civil society group in the state - including the normally anti-bail ACLU - objected to the bill, which would eliminate cash bail. Brown, desperate to leave some sort of meaningful legacy behind after years of overseeing the state’s gradual decline, signed the bill anyway. It was slated to go into effect on October 1, 2019. But a funny thing happened on the way to implementation: voters decided they wanted some sort of say in the matter.

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