Bail Bonds On Trial. Will Bail Bonds One Day Be Illegal?
Could Bail Bonds Become A Thing Of The Past?
The bail bonds system in america is under attack. There are those who feel it is unfair to everyone but the rich, and needs to be scrapped. On the other side are the proponents of the bail bond system who believe without it, dangerous criminals will have a much easier time getting out of jail with no supervision.
So how did this get started?
Currently there is a case in San Francisco fighting to have cash bail bonds removed. It all started when Crystal Patterson didn’t have the money or assets to post $150,000 bail and get out of jail after her arrest for assault in October.
So Patterson, hired a bail bonds company to put up her $150,000 bail, allowing her to go home and take care of her invalid grandmother.
She was released and the next day the district attorney decided not to pursue charges. But Patterson still owes the bail bonds company as agreed.
Criminal justice reformers and lawyers at a nonprofit Washington, D.C., legal clinic say that is unconstitutionally unfair.
The lawyers have filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of Patterson, Rianna Buffin and other jail inmates who argue that San Francisco and California’s bail system unconstitutionally treats poor suspects differently from wealthy ones.
According to Beth Chapman of Dog the Bounty Hunter fame, the bail bonds lawsuit does not consider the victims of the criminals.
“Our industry is under attack. There are bail reform movements springing up across the country that would end the cash bail systems. This would be a disaster. removing the bail system would have a deleterious effect on the criminal justice system,”
Chapmen goes on to say “The victims have not been considered here. People who have just been beaten by someone and they finally got their abuser to be put in jail. They don’t need that guy to come back out in 10 minutes with no repercussion, no deterrent, no one looking at them, no one taking care of them.”
The opposition fails to see that Bail bonds are there to help those in need. If you need to buy a home but don’t have the cash to do so, you get a mortgage and make payments. In the same way if you are unable to pay bail but need to get out of jail until court because of a job, you are the caretaker of a loved one, or just don’t want to be in a jail cell, bail bond agents can help with that.
If you or a loved one are in need of a bail agent we have a fully trained staff who is able to come alongside of you and provide the courteous and professional help you need.
M&M Bail Bonds has the experience you need to get out on bail and back to your life. Give us a call (201)441-9088