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Bail Reform: Who is watching the criminals

Many states across the country are passing bail reform mandates to eliminate monetary bail. The mantra is that too many people are being held in jail solely because they cannot afford money bail for their release. And, they have not been proven guilty for the crime they were arrested for. Monetary bail is now being… Read more »

Organized Retail Theft: Criminals Not Afraid

Organized retail crime (ORC) refers to professional shoplifting, cargo theft, retail crime rings and other organized crime occurring in retail environments. One person acting alone is not considered an example of organized retail crime. These criminals move from store to store and even city to city. You have probably seen videos on social media or news outlets showing groups rushing into a store and swiping… Read more »

The Federal Bail Bond System – An Explanation

The federal bail bond system can be much more confusing than the state bail system. However, we’re here to make sure you understand every step of the process. When you need to bail someone out of a federal jail, the process isn’t simple. You’ll need to have a local bail agent go to the prison… Read more »

Bill of Rights

The Bill of Rights includes several Constitutional Amendments to prevent misconstruction or abuse of power by the government of the people. Some of these rights include: Freedom of Religion, Speech and Press (Amendment 1) Right to Bear Arms (Amendment 2) Protection of Unreasonable Search and Seizure (Amendment 4) Rights of Accused Persons in Criminal Cases… Read more »

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The Seven Types of Bail Bonds – An Explanation

There are seven different types of bail. Each type has its very own set of rules, regulations, laws and purpose. Those seven different types are as follows: Surety Bonds Cash Bail Bonds Property Bonds Citation Release Recognizance Release Immigration Bail Bonds Federal Bail Bonds Surety Bonds In a surety bond, the bail bond agency pays… Read more »

Risk Assessments Put Your Safety At Risk

Senator John Kennedy, who represents Louisiana in the U.S. Senate, recently wrote an opinion piece for Fox News titled, “Bail, bond decisions are being made today with algorithms – that puts your safety at risk.” He stated that, “Algorithms diminish public safety in this country. They ask us to pretend that lengthy arrest records and… Read more »

Supreme Court Denies Georgia Cash Bail Reform Challenge

According to a report by Reason Magazine, the Supreme Court denied a Georgia cash bail reform case on Monday, April 1, 2019. The denied case was Maurice Walker v. City of Calhoun, Georgia, and it challenged how long courts and jails in the state can hold a defendant after arrest if they can’t afford their… Read more »

Is Georgia Putting a Stop to Cash Bail?

Cash bail is the process of paying money for release from jail while you await your trial. And, the State of Georgia may be closing the doors on the system entirely. According to an opinion piece by Marc Hyden, Director of State Government Affairs at the R Street Institute, Georgia is taking the first steps… Read more »

The Right to Bail

The Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that, “excessive bail shall not be required.” The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Constitution permits holding a defendant without bail pending a criminal trial and that no absolute right to bail exists. Proponents of bail reform across the country continually shout to anyone who will listen that, “on any… Read more »

New Georgia Bail Law Put in Place

BREAKING NEWS: According to AJC (the Atlanta Journal-Constitution), there is a new law in Georgia (Senate Bill 407) that requires judges to determine the defendant’s finances before setting bail for said defendant. While this may sound like a good way to make sure judges don’t overcharge defendants with unrealistic bail amounts, it is actually giving… Read more »