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Pretrial program is said to be a waste

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

SARASOTA COUNTY – Back when the jail was overcrowded and the economy was soaring, the Sarasota County Commission decided to spend $1.3 million a year on a program to keep arrested people from unnecessarily sitting in jail.
The idea was for inmates who could not afford bail to be released with conditions such as calling in twice a week and coming in for random drug and alcohol screenings.

The resulting empty jail beds would be a money-saver for the county and defer the need for a new jail.

But now that budgets are tight and the jail is under capacity, the County Commission is looking at whether the Pretrial Services program is worth the cost.

The commission doubled the program’s budget in 2005 so it could run 24 hours a day, part of a broader push to ease jail overcrowding.

In the pretrial program, new inmates are interviewed and undergo background checks so a judge can determine whether they should be released while awaiting trial with the conditions attached.

The program targets nonviolent inmates who cannot afford to pay bail to get out of jail. Manatee County started a similar program last year.

But the program has never been independently evaluated, and local defense attorneys say it is a waste of money.

Criminal justice officials have said pretrial services saved the county an average of $2.2 million per year since 2003 by reducing the jail population, since it costs $71 per day to detain an inmate.

Twelfth Circuit Chief Judge Lee Haworth says the program has reduced the number of repeat offenders by steering them into drug or mental health programs earlier than normal, though no statistics prove it.

“It’s a great tool for protecting the community, and allowing people who have not been convicted to stay out of jail,” Haworth said.

But some defense attorneys say many first-time defendants who used to be released without any supervision now find themselves on a program that many defendants, who have not been convicted, say is more onerous than probation.

“We’re spending money to employ someone to take their phone call once a week, or ask them to come urinate,” Sarasota defense attorney Derek Byrd said.

Attorneys say judges overuse the pretrial release program. Clients then face the demands of a pretrial release in addition to posting bail, said Varinia Van Ness, the president of the local chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

“It’s like you’re on probation before you’re even sentenced,” Van Ness said.

A review team conducted a two-day site visit this month, meeting with court officials and defense lawyers.

The study proposal said county commissioners are uncertain whether the program is working.

When the program was expanded, the jail was over capacity. On average in 2008, there were 26 more inmates than the 1,026 beds at the jail.

The downturn in the economy and subsequent reduction in arrests has dramatically curbed the need. The jail has averaged fewer than 900 inmates in the past five months.

Court Administrator Walt Smith said the program still generates information judges use to help keep the public safe.

“We think we have a good program, but if there’s a better way to do it, a more efficient way to do it, a better outcome, we’re all for that,” Smith said.

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Mason-Dixon Poll Finds Voters Oppose Use of Tax Dollars for Bail

Monday, April 5th, 2010

ALEC Calls on Florida Lawmakers to Pass SB 782 and HB 445

Washington D.C. - The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) today released the findings of a recent Mason-Dixon poll showing that Florida voters strongly favor enacting a statewide law that would limit the use of their tax dollars to paying only for the release of indigent defendants who have been charged with a non-violent crime.  Statewide, 71% supported limiting the use of tax dollars, while 22% were opposed and 7% were undecided.

Currently, the Florida Legislature is considering Senate Bill 782 by Senator John Thrasher (R-St. Augustine) and House Bill 445 by Representative Chris Dorworth (R-Lake Mary), pertaining to changing Florida Statute, as it relates to the government-run pretrial release programs.  SB 782 and HB 445 requires that the defendant meet certain specified criteria in order to be eligible for pretrial release; narrows who is eligible for taxpayer-funded pretrial services/release programs; and moves more criminal offenders to a private, regulated and licensed bail system, while still allowing for the continued use of pretrial programs for non-violent, first-time, non-dangerous indigent offenders.

ALEC has made reforming government-run bail a priority and believes this legislation will benefit Floridians.

Support for the measure has widened to the Florida’s voters, as by the Mason-Dixon poll:

94% felt criminal defendants who have failed to appear in court on a previous offense should not be allowed to be released from jail using tax dollars.

·     87% felt that if a criminal defendant can afford to pay their own bail for release from jail, they should not be allowed to be released from jail using tax dollars. 

·     86% felt a criminal defendant that has been previously convicted of a violent crime should not be allowed to be released from jail using tax dollars, even if the court rules that they are indigent.

·     Only 15% of state voters were aware that 28 Florida counties allow criminals to be released from jail using taxpayer dollars instead of paying for their own release while they await trial.

  • Support for the measure cuts across party lines, with 65% of Democrats, 77% of Republicans and 72% of independentsfavoring such a law.

ALEC’s Public Safety Task Force Director Michael Hough said, “It is clear that taxpayers do not want to be left on the hook to pay the bill for releasing potentially dangerous criminals from jail. Pretrial release agencies should strictly serve the indigent, and commercial bail does a better job of protecting the public from dangerous criminals, while saving taxpayer dollars.”

The poll was conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Inc. of Washington, D.C. from March 23, 2010, through March 25, 2010, with a total of 625 registered Florida voters.  The margin of error is no more than plus or minus 4 percentage points. The poll is available here http://www.alec.org/am/pdf/cied/Mason-Dixon_poll.pdf

Legislation Impacting Commercial Bail

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Post Conviction Bond Becomes Law in South Dakota
Senate Bill 110 was signed into law in South Dakota on March 10 after being signed by Governor Michael Rounds.

Virginia Legislation to Restrict Pretrial Stalls
Legislation that would have restricted the use of taxpayer funded pretrial services to provide bond to only those offenders deemed indigent by the court stalled in the Committee of Courts of Justice March 8. HB 728 will likely come before the Virginia General Assembly again in 2011.

South Carolina Considering Early Release Bond
S1248 referred to as the Conditional Early Release By Bond Act was introduced in the Senate on March 3, 2010 and referred to the Committee on Judiciary the same day. If this bill passes into law the releasing authority may require, as a condition of a prisoner’s early release from prison, the prisoner obtain an early release bond from a licensed bail agent or post the bond in cash.

Florida Bail Agents Fight to Restrict Taxpayer Funded Pretrial Release
Feeding off the energy generated from the fight to curtail the use of taxpayer funded pretrial release in Virginia, Florida bail agents have taken a stand against pretrial services in their state with the introduction of HB 445 . This legislation establishes restrictions that would prevent an offender from being released through a pretrial release program. For instance, an offender would be prohibited if he/she was charged with a violent crime or had previously failed to appear for court. HB 445 passed out of the Public Safety & Domestic Security Policy Committee March 9 and has now been assigned to the Criminal & Civil Justice Appropriations Committee in the House.

2010 Bail Bond Legislative Update

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

SD PCB Bill Headed to Governor’s Desk

Senate Bill 110 passed out of the South Dakota Senate by a 28 to 5 vote on February 2 and by a 65 to 1 vote in the House of Representatives on March 2.  SB 110, amends 24-15-11 to read, The board and the department may require the parolee to post a bond to assure the parolee’s appearance and compliance with the conditions and restrictions of parole.  This bill now goes to the Governor for signature.

Bondsmen v. Pretrial Release – Virginia Battle Goes National

The well publicized battle between The Virginians for the Preservation of Bail and taxpayer funded Pretrial Release has now been written about in an Associated Press article.  The Associated Press article gives an overview of the effort to pass HB 728 , which would restrict Pretrial Services to allowing into their program only those offenders deemed to be of indigent status.  HB 728 is expected to go the a full committee hearing today, March 3.

State Bill Description Status
AK H 324 Relating: to failure to appear, to arrest for violating certain conditions of release, to release before trial, before sentence, and pending appeal.  Court cannot modify bond amount without approval of surety. Judiciary

03FEB10

AK S 252 Relating: to failure to appear, to arrest for violating certain conditions of release, to release before trial, before sentence, and pending appeal. Court cannot modify bond amount without approval of surety. Judiciary

03FEB10

AL H 322 Ignition interlock as a bail condition for second DUI. Introduced
19JAN10
AL H 348 Presiding judge in each district can set up  drug courts. Introduced 19JAN10
AL S 53 Ignition interlock as a bail condition for second DUI. Introduced 12JAN10
AL S 410 Allows each court to set up drug court, pretrial diversion program. Introduced 11FEB10
AZ S 1394 No bail for illegal whom has previously been deported or departed under a removal order. Introduced
01FEB10
CA A 1369 Certain minimum security/low risk inmates (including those pending trial) in county lock ups may participate in a work furlough, home detention/GPS program. Service can be provided by private entity. Passed Assembly. Passed Senate with House concurring in Senate amendments.

Held at desk in Senate 28JAN10

CA S 1049

New

A judge or magistrate may, with respect to an offense specified in the existing provision, increase bail above that in the bail schedule without a hearing, provided a declaration justifying the increase is presented under oath by a sworn peace officer. Rules for assignment.
17FEB10
CO H 1215 Authorizes use of cash bond deposits to pay the defendant’s court costs, fines, fees and restitution if the defendant was the depositor or the depositor consents. Judiciary

01FEB10

CT H 5147 To improve the regulation of surety and professional bondsmen.  Appointment by an insurer. Insurance and Real Estate 10FEB10
CT H 5158 Firearms training requirement for agents and recovery agents. Insurance and Real Estate 10FEB10
FL H 297 Defendant who leaves scene of an accident in which a death resulted, must be brought before judge before bail given. Introduced

14JAN10

FL H 445 Tightens requirements for PTS agencies in the release of defendants. Public Safety &  Domestic Policy Cmt 01FEB10
FL S 782 Tightens requirements for PTS agencies in the release of defendants. Criminal justice and Appropriations committees 17DEC09
FL S 2336
New
Requires formation of local offender advisory council in each county. (Probably will involve PTS.) Introduced

14FEB10

FL S 2364
New
Amend provisions related to forfeitures Introduced 14FEB10
FL S 2418
New
Defendant who leaves scene of an accident in which a death resulted, must be brought before judge before bail given. Introduced

25FEB10

GA H 889 Limits OR bonds for those accused of certain crimes Second Reading
25JAN10
GA H 897 Sexual assault bill which might be a vehicle for a post conviction bond. Passed out of Committee 02FEB10
GA H 980 School Board Members engaging in bail bond business Second Reading
28JAN2010
GA H 1015 Requires criminal gang offenses to be granted bail by a superior court judge. House Second Readers 1FEB2010
GA H 1030 Establishes community supervision div. of DOC for those on probation.  (Possible vehicle for PCB?) From State Institutions and Property 08FEB10
GA H 1052 Clarifies provisions requiring a surety to be a GPS provider. (Relates to H 306) Judiciary Non-Civil 04FEB10
GA H 1171 Insurance and Real Estate Introduced 16FEB10
HI SB 2534 Requires Law Enforcement to accept bonds when courts are closed In Committee 2FEB2010
HI SB 2544 Modernizes Insurance Code; Bail Agents To be heard by CPC/JUD 04FEB2010
HI SB 2697 Modernizes Insurance Code; Bail Agents Referred to CPN 27JAN2010
HI SB 716 Ignition Interlock as a condition of bail Carried over to 2010 Session
HI H 420 Surety can discharge principal at will, but must give notarized statement why with court prior, and COI after. Carried over to 2010 Session 11MAY2009
HI S 1301 Surety can discharge principal at will, but must give notarized statement why with court prior, and COI after. Carried over to 2010 Session 11MAY2009
HI S 2133 Forfeiture mitigation if defendant returned within 180 days. Forfeiture executed 180 days (vice 30 days) after judgment. JGO 20JAN10
ID S 1303 Illegal alien deemed a flight risk. State Affairs 29JAN10
ID S 1371 Addresses issue of suspending surety from writing if outstanding unpaid judgments. Reported to Jud. 17FEB10
IN H 1144 A defendant  charged with a crime against a person must have solvent sureties to qualify for bail. Introduced 07JAN10
IN H 1354 Post conviction bond. Courts and Criminal Code 13JAN10
IN S 293 Makes bail law concerning: (1) notices to sureties and bond agents; (2) circumstances under which a cause is determined; (3) failure to appear; and (4) substitution of bail for deposits. Specifies that a court may require a defendant admitted to bail to execute a bail bond written by an insurer (instead of being executed with sufficient solvent sureties). Removes a provision that allows a court admitting a defendant to bail to require the Referred to House
02FEB2010
IN S 317 Bail undertaking expires after 36 months.   Agents must have email address for court notices. Reduces time certain to 180 days from  1 year. Court fees from FTA cannot be charged to agent. Introduced

12JAN10

IN S 340 Re parole board duties. (See S 293 which was amended into S 340) Passed Senate. To House Judiciary.
S 293 amended into S 340. To House floor 22FEB10
KS H 2528 Amends court procedure for forfeiture.  No judgment until 60 (changed from 10) days after notice mailed. Judiciary Hearing
02FEB10
KS H 2545 Increasing the amount of bond deposit to clerks up to 10% of $25,000 (changed from $2,500) provided  the person qualifies for ten percent deposit bail. Judiciary Hearing 02FEB10
KS H 2656 Non appearance only reason for forfeiture. From Judiciary 17FEB10
KS S 534 Non appearance only reason for forfeiture From Judiciary 17FEB10
LA H 28 Permits a temporary emergency release on an unsecured personal surety in certain emergency conditions but excludes certain enumerated charges from such releases. Judiciary

29MAR10

MD S 841 Permits insurance commissioner to authorize premium financing and set regulations for same. From Judicial Proceedings to Finance 12FEB10
MI H 5492 Amending return of defendants to custody in compliance with H 5493 Regulatory Reform  30SEP09
MI H 5493 Regulates recovery agents. Regulatory Reform 30SEP09
MI H 5536 Regulates bails agents, recovery agents, and runners, etc. Regulatory Reform 22OCT09
MI H 5537 Requirements for bail bond agents, runners. Regulatory Reform 22OCT09
MI H 5538 Additional fee ($25) when posting bail. Appropriations 22OCT09
MI H 5806 Bail recovery agents exempt from PI licensure act requirements. Regulatory Reform11FEB10
MI S 325 Vehicle tracking devices by bail agent permitted. Passed Senate.  To House Judiciary. 02FEB10
MN H 3089

New

For certain domestic abuse charges removes the existing cap on the amount of bail and authorizes bail in any amount necessary to protect the safety of the victim, other family members or the public. Crime Victims/Criminal Records to Public Safety Policy and Oversite Hearing 26FEB10
MN S 2636

New

Judicial district can establish a pilot project EM/GPS to protect victims of domestic abuse. Judiciary 16FEB10
MN S 2715

New

For certain domestic abuse charges removes the existing cap on the amount of bail and authorizes bail in any amount necessary to protect the safety of the victim, other family members or the public. Judiciary 18FEB10
MO S 892 Recommends MO DOI commission findings for bail statute overhaul, e.g. uniform state-wide forfeiture provisions, property writers’ fiscal accountability. To be Introduced 04FEB10
MO H 2156 Makes extensive revisions to the statutes on bail Second Reading 16FEB10
MS H 411 Name of company must be on probation bond. (Requirement already exists.) Introduced 07JAN10
MS H 835 Establishes community corrections program for 12th judicial district. (Precursor to PTS expansion?) Passed House 09FEB10
MS H 900 Defines bail agent, restricts certain relatives from writing bail bonds, other requirements. Judiciary B 18JAN10
MS H 1308
New
Persons charged with causing the death of another under certain circumstances must post bail prior to release. Introduced 18JAN10
MS H 1333
New
Persons charged with causing the death of another under certain circumstances must post bail prior to release. Introduced 18JAN10
MS S 2104
New
Bail bond fee to be refunded to domestic violence defendant not convicted. Introduced 06JAN10
MS S 2733
New
Licensed bail gents do not need an officer’s approval to be a surety.  Further clarifies surrender of principal, forfeitures, etc. Introduced 12JAN10
MS S 2734 Defines bail agent, restricts certain relatives from writing bail bonds, other requirements. Introduced 12JAN10
MS S 2923 For domestic violence charge, 24 hours confinement before being released on bail. Introduced 18JAN10
MS S 2890
New
Imposes 2% fee of bond amount on defendants posting bond or OR’d, plus and additional $10 on each defendant posting a bond. Judiciary B 18JAN10
MS S 2926
New
Clarifies that municipal judge may require cash bond. Introduced 18JAN10
MS S 2993
New
For domestic violence charge, 24 hours confinement before being released on bail. Corrections 18JAN10
MS S 3003
New
Established community corrections program and pretrial support services. Corrections
Appropriations
18JAN10
NC H 84 No bail for certain illegal aliens. Ways & Means
12FEB09
NC H 1338 Post conviction bond.  (included in H 945) Incorporated
10AUG09
NC H 1572 To assess a processing fee ($50) when a failure to appear is stricken and as a result a bail bond forfeiture is set aside. Introduced
05MAY09
NC S 726 House arrests as a condition of pretrial release. GPS/EM required if defendant leaves for specific proposes. Judiciary I
24MAR09
NC S 789 Person convicted of a drug misdemeanor violation prohibited from being a bondsman. Commerce
25MAR09
NC S 1013 Citizen’s Right to Know Judiciary II
Held till 2010 session
15MAY09
NC S 1056 Bondsmen must obtain firearms permit, firearms training, and liability insurance. Judiciary IAmended/subst.
13MAY09
NE L 273 Bail bond fee for misdemeanor: $25; for felony: $100. Government, Military Affairs etc.
05MAR09
NH H 651 For reasonable regulation of private detectives. Joins bail recovery licenses to some requirements for investigative services. Executive Departments and Administration 21JAN110
NJ A 428 Restricts bail options for second and subsequent offenses occurring while released. Judiciary 12JAN10
NJ A 807 Adds death by boat or auto plus certain assaults to bail restricted crimes. Judiciary 12JAN10
NJ A 814 Adds death by boat or auto plus certain assaults to bail restricted crimes. Judiciary 12JAN10
NJ A 989 Adds 17 crimes to the bail restrictions list. Judiciary 12JAN10
NJ A 1143 FTA only justification for forfeiture.  Establishes a remission of forfeitures schedule for certain conditions. Public Safety 12JAN10
NJ A 1191 No bail for illegal if defendant has two priors for separate crimes. Judiciary 12JAN10
NJ A 1491 No ten percent bail for persons charged with violating a domestic violence retraining order. Judiciary 12JAN10
NJ ACR 62 Proposes a constitution amendment whereby illegals are ineligible for bail, Judiciary 12JAN10
NJ S 294 GPS a condition of bail for one charged with sex offense. Judiciary 12JAN10
NJ S 401 No bail for illegal if defendant has two priors for separate crimes. Judiciary 12JAN10
NJ S 425 Adds crimes with bail restrictions. Judiciary 12JAN10
NJ S 781 Adds death by boat or auto plus certain assaults to bail restricted crimes. Judiciary 12JAN10
NY A 827 No bail for certain felony charges, or of defendant has two previous felony convictions. Prefiled 07JAN09
NY A 1709 No bail or OR for sex offenses against person under 18. Codes 19JAN09
NY A 3035 “Jilly’s law” criteria added to bail decision., i. e., danger to community by defendants, etc. may require EM/GPS etc. Codes 06Jan2010
NY A 3132 No OR or bail for certain A, B, or C class felonies. Codes 23JAN09
NY A 3898 Defines crimes for which defendant can be denied bail except in line with certain restrictions Codes 06JAN2010
NY A 4305 Directs courts to exonerate bail and order recognizance when no grand jury action has occurred for 45 days from arraignment, unless for good cause otherwise. Codes 03FEB10
NY A 5542 Directs courts to exonerate bail and order recognizance when no grand jury action has occurred for 45 days from arraignment, unless for good cause otherwise. Codes 03FEB10
NY A 6746 Requires bail hearing no sooner than 72 hours after bail application for person presumed to be an illegal alien. Codes 06JAN2010
NY S 6867
New
Forfeiture for breach of conditions. Crime Victims, Crime, and Corrections 18FEB10
NY A 7139 Outlines restrictions on granting bail to certain defendants. Codes 06JAN2010
NY S 1401 “Jilly’s law” criteria added to bail decision., i. e., danger to community by defendants, etc. may require EM/GPS etc. Codes 06JAN2010
NY S 3480 Authorizes and directs courts to deny orders of recognizance or bail where the defendant poses a risk of danger to the community. Codes 06JAN2010
NY S 4366 Enforcement agent responsible for conduct of employees. Codes 04FEB10
NY S 5539 Authorizes pilot program for posting bail with credit card. Codes 06JAN2010
OH H 184 Points to be considered re the probability of defendant’s appearing for trail including  immigration status. Introduced 19MAY09
OH H 251 If accused enters diversion program, bond is exonerated. Introduced 08JUL09
OH H 300 New provisions for resident and non-resident surety bail agent license. Passed  House and Senate 01DEC09
OH S 22 Expands eligibility requirements for inmates for re-entry court. (Amendment to be introduced  for surety bond use in re-entry process) From Senate Judiciary 18JUN09
OK H 2576 DOI Commissioner can make adjustment to bondsmen’s fees. Introduced 01FEB10
OK H 3242 County officials can contact for recovery of fail to pay warrants. Introduced 01FEB10
OK H 3275 Place holder for “Bail bondsmen Reform Act of 2010″ Introduced 02FEB10
OK S 1294 Against fraud, deception, and inducements in insurance (also applies to bail bonds). Introduced 01FEB10
OK S 1297 Against fraud, deception, and inducements in insurance (also applies to bail bonds). Introduced 01FEB10
OK S 1658 DOI Commissioner can make adjustment to bondsmen’s fees. Prefiled 12JAN10
OK S 1796 Bond exonerated on defendant accepted into a drug court program. Judiciary02FEB10
OK S 1993 Insurance commissioner to give notice to bondsman of violation, upon verification, can suspend license. Introduced 01FEB10
OK S 1994 Makes minor revisions to hearing on violations by bail agents. Introduced 01FEB10
OK S 2054 Large insurance bill which has provisions for denial of bail license, withdrawal of appointment by surety, etc.. Introduced 01FEB10
OK S 2070 Omnibus professional code bill which has provision re criminal conduct related to performance of bail. Introduced 01FEB10
OK S 2089 Omnibus profession and occupation codes bill re proper conduct of bail profession. Introduced 01FEB10
OK S 2151 Bond exonerated on defendant accepted into a drug court program. Introduced 01FEB10
SC H 3798 Raises the alternative cash deposit to 25% of the bail amount (from 10%) but can be made by an “accommodation bondsman”  who also must pay the clerk a fee of 4% of the amount of the bond. Judiciary 13JAN10
SC H 4255 For possession of certain controlled substances, bail may not exceed amount of fine. Referred to Committee 12JAN10
SC S 1154 Omnibus crime reduction and sentencing bill. Judiciary 09FEB10
SC H 4521 Certain persons disqualified for being a surety, e.g. law enforcement, attorneys, etc. Introduced 04FEB10
SD S 110 Provides the posting of a bond on parolees under certain circumstances. Passed Senate. To House Judiciary 03FEB10
TN H 13 No bail for illegal. Referred to Budget 24FEB10
TN H 1363 Citizens Right to Know Bill Judiciary Committee 23FEB10
TN S 2654 Bondsman can return defendant to jurisdiction provided bondsman pays expenses. Introduced 20JAN10
TN H 2764 Defendant to be brought before court within 72 hours to determine if surrender by bondsman was for good cause. Assigned to Crm Practice 27JAN10
TN S 2916

New

Mandates, rather than allows, release of surety’s liability if detained request is refused or principal is released upon filing same. Introduction 27JAN10
TN H 3124 Factors to consider when setting bail for stalkers, sexual offenses, etc. Introduced 28JAN10
TN H 3138 Mandates, rather than allows, release of surety’s liability if detained request is refused or principal is released upon filing same. Introduced 28JAN10
TN H3281 Defendant with prior(s) cannot be released until determined not to be a threat to public safety. Introduced 28JAN10
TN H 3460 Authorizes court to determine a need for more bondsmen before allowing appointment of same. Introduced  28JAN10
TN H3539 Certificate of compliance with CE requirement extended from 60 to 90 days. Introduced  28JAN10
TN S 10 No bail for illegal. Judiciary Hearing 21APR09
TN S 1889 Citizens right to Know Act. Judiciary 18FEB09 Carried over to 2010.
TN S 2736 Defendant to be brought before court within 72 hours to determine if surrender by bondsman was for good cause. Introduction 22JAN10
TN S 2800 Factors to consider when setting bail for stalkers, sexual offenses, etc. Introduction 25JAN10
TN H 2801 Bondsman can return defendant to jurisdiction provided bondsman pays expenses Introduction 21JAN10
TN S 2821 Certificate of compliance with CE requirement extended from 60 to 90 days. Introduction 27JAN10
TN S 3412 Authorizes court to determine a need for more bondsmen before allowing appointment of same. Introduction 28JAN10
UT H 27 Within the Department of Public Safety is established a Bail Bond Surety Oversight Board and Bail Bond Recovery Licensure Board to include reps from industry. Passed Senate and House 08FEB10
UT H252 Bail bond act amendments. (Place holder bill) Legislative Research and General Counsel 05FEB10
UT H 375
New
Certain offenses require GPS/EM for bail or OR. Introduced 17FEB10
UT H 426
New
Recovery agents can wear badges and raid jackets. Introduced 09FEB10
VA S 83 Modifies bail recovery licensing. Bond ($10,000) required. House Committee 04FEB10
VA H 728 No person arrested for a felony who has previously been convicted of a felony, or who is presently on bond for an unrelated arrest in any jurisdiction, or who is on probation or parole, may be released to a pretrial services agency in lieu of posting a secure bond unless he is determined by a court to be indigent. From Courts of Justice to Appropriations 27JAN10

Public Safety Subc. 2FEB10 Hearing 10FEB10

VA H 1253 No OR until booking procedures completed. Courts of Justice 19JAN10
VA H 1255 Allows bondsmen access to criminal records for a small fee. Passed House 3FEB10
VT S 292
New
To reduced number of detainees, probationers, permits bail for a person charged with a probation violation if the person is on probation for a nonviolent misdemeanor or nonviolent felony and the probation violation did not amount to a new crime. Judiciary 25FEB10
WA S 716(like H728) No person arrested for a felony who has previously been convicted of a felony, or who is presently on bond for an unrelated arrest in any jurisdiction, or who is on probation or parole, may be released to a pretrial services agency in lieu of posting a secure bond unless he is determined by a court to be indigent. Court of Justice Tabled 04FEB10
WA H 1243 Provides funds ($64,000) for implementation of 2008′s enactment of S 6437 which renews bail licensing procedures. Introduced 15JAN09(See H 1694)
WA H 1881 The authority that can grant or deny bail licenses. (..among other kinds of licenses.) Commerce & Labor Hearing 24MAR09
WA H 1929 The authority that can grant or deny bail licenses. (..among other kinds of licenses.) Commerce & labor 03FEB09
WA H 2625 Bail for felony to be determined by judicial officer and not bail schedule. Public Safety 11JAN10
WA H2782 Indigence determination to be made after provision made for bail obligation. From Human Services to Ways and Means Hearing 06FEB10
WA H2827 No bail prior to probable cause determination for person charged with domestic violence. From Public Safety, etc. and Rules 03FEB10
WA H 3056 Conditions governing pretrial release of defendants. Public Safety etc.
WA HJR 4220 Constitutional amendment to disallow bail in serious cases. From Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness 22JAN10
WA HJR 4213 Lakewood Law Enforcement Memorial Act.  Exempt persons charged with certain serious offense and a danger to the public from being bailable. Prefiled 07DEC09
WA HJR

4214

Lakewood Law Enforcement Memorial Act.  Exempt persons charged with certain serious offense and a danger to the public from being bailable. Prefiled 07DEC09
WA HJR 4218

New

Amendment to state constitution that offenses resulting in mandatory life sentences are not bailable. (On ballot for next general election.) Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness 29JAN10
WA S 5247 Authorizes agreement for bail bond agencies to execute bench warrants if defendant has two or more outstanding warrants.  Agencies expenses to be charge against the defendant. Judiciary 19JAN09
WA S 5407 Provides funds ($64,000) for implementation of 2008′s enactment of S 6437 which renews bail licensing procedures. Introduced 21JAN09  (See H 1694
WA S 5698 The authority that can grant or deny bail licenses. (..among other kinds of licenses.) Passed Senate with substitute. 11MAR09
WA S 6188 Sets minimum bail bond premium at ten percent.  Does not appear to apply to property writers.  Allows credit or financing of premium. Judiciary 11JAN10 (first intro’d on 23 APR09)
WA S 6312 Sets minimum bail bond premium at ten percent Judiciary 11JAN10
WA S 6664 A person accused of a felony must appear before a judicial official for individual determination of release conditions. Judiciary 20JAN10
WA S 6673 Appoints a TF to study bail practices. Judiciary 21JAN10
WA SJR 8218 Amendment to state constitution that offenses resulting in mandatory life sentences are not bailable. (On ballot for next general election.) Judiciary 11JAN10
WA S 6779 Conditions governing pretrial release of defendants. For the implementation of HJR 4220/SJR 8224. Judiciary 27JAN10
WA SJR 8224 Constitutional amendment to disallow bail in serious cases. Judiciary 19JAN10
WV H 4496
New
The purpose of this bill is to prohibit bail bonding companies or bail bond enforcers from providing fiduciary bonds for estates; and providing an exception: unless agent is licensed with DOI as agent of a carrier that provides surety or fiduciary bonds. Introduced 15FEB10
WV SJR 12
New
Proposes amendment to the Constitution to divert bond forfeitures from support of free schools to the county commission in which the bond was forfeited. Judiciary then Finance 19FEB10
WV S 6787 Restrictions on bail for defendants accused of certain serious crimes. Judiciary 27JAN10
WV S 471 Fees for bonds. Introduced 04FEB10
WV S 490 Surety bond to be posted for compliance of protective order. No OR, but within financial means of principal. Introduced 05FEB10
WV S 218 Early parole bill for non-violent offenders. (Possible vehicle for post conviction bond.) Judiciary 14JAN10
US H 4278 Amendment to state constitution that offenses resulting in mandatory life sentences are not bailable. (On ballot for next general election.) Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness 29JAN10
US S 714 Sets up National Crime Commission (will role of bail be included?) Judiciary  23MAR09

Confused about what Pretial Release programs? This will help.

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Everyday i talk with people about what I do and nine out of ten people have no idea.  The bail bond industry is quite different from what Pretrial services does.  I feel one of the most important parts of what our industry (Bail Bonds) does is that is doesn’t cost the taxpayers any money, whereas Pretrial services uses taxpayers money to release defendants from jail for FREE.  Where is the accountability?  Where is the incentive to actually show up to court when you are ordered to do so?  There is none of this with Pretrial services.  I found this video which, I feel, will explain the Pretrial services a little better and how flawed it really is.  Please leave you comments!