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

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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

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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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10 Reasons Bail Reform is in Trouble Nationwide

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Over the past decade there has been a lot of controversy over the issue of bail. With so-called “reformers” - led by a private non-profit called the Arnold Foundation - claiming that the bail bonding system that has been in place for a thousand years is hopelessly racist and corrupt. And proponents of bail pointing out that, although imperfect, it has proven itself the most important cog in the justice system when it comes to ensuring accountability. For a time anti-bail zealots seemed to have the upper hand. But recently the tide has turned.

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Oklahoma Becomes Latest State to Reject the Bail Reform Snake Oil

Noble County Courthouse in Perry, Oklahoma where bail bonding reform fight continues

As more and more horror stories emerge from states that attempted to get rid of the bail bonds system more and more legislatures are seeing through the hard sell of the anti-bail lobby. Oklahoma recently became one of the latest states to reject the false arguments of the anti-bail zealots and vote to keep their existing system in place in the interest of public safety and justice.

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New Hampshire Falls Victim to Catch and Release Non-Justice

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You hear a lot from so-called “bail reformers” these days about how allowing virtually everyone walk free after being arrested is somehow going to create a safer world for you and me. It beggars belief that they actually find a few people who will drink that Kool-aid. But what’s happening from coast to coast in states where bail bonding has been abandoned in favor of catch-and-release should be enough to put the “safer world” fantasy to bed once and for all. New Hampshire is the latest example of a state whose lawmakers adopted catch-and-release in an attempt to seem “progressive” and is now paying the price. What are we talking about? Read on and find out.

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The Force Behind “Bail Reform” Bows to Reality (Sort Of)

Billionaire John Arnold

Most people don’t realize it but the driving force behind the so-called “bail reform” movement of the past few years has been a non-profit called “the Arnold Foundation”. The Arnold Foundation began life almost a decade ago in search of a cause to champion and saw the bail bonds industry as an easy mark. They hired programmers no one has ever met to devise software no one understood that was supposed to take the risk out of releasing accused criminals, thereby rendering bondsmen obsolete.

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