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The perils of bail reform
The Baltimore Sun
Recently, there has been much discussion in Maryland and nationally about reforming the bail system, but some policymakers and judges appear to be headed down a dangerous path that ultimately puts public safety at risk. These discussions are based on an abandonment of the concept of bail when releasing a defendant pending trial, adopting the use of either release with no financial accountability or the dependency on a larger governmental agency to "supervise" an accused person awaiting trial.
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Social media helps catch fugitive wanted for sex crimes with children
CNN
With the help of social media, a fugitive accused of sex crimes involving children has been brought to justice. "This case is what I've been talking about for years ... One step ahead of the law, multiple victims, and the only reason his career was ended, because of you. You made the difference," said John Walsh, who will profile the case of captured fugitive Johnny Napier on his CNN series, "The Hunt with John Walsh."
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When bonds fail: Dangerous offenders shouldn't go free on unsecured bonds
Albuquerque Journal
The story of Steven Trujillo, a career criminal being released to pretrial services is nothing new. Every day in every court in New Mexico there are defendants being released to pretrial services all because of our Supreme Court. The court is pressuring our judges to release defendants on what they call the least restrictive means, with absolutely no assurance that a defendant will appear in court.
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When bonds fail: Discretion for judges would prevent more crime than money bond system
Albuquerque Journal
In the heated debate about what are being called "boomerang thugs," there are some realities that cannot be ignored. The U.S. Constitution guarantees that all persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty, and New Mexico's Constitution requires the release of accused persons before trial, except in a narrow category of offenses. Our New Mexico judges have no lawful option to deny release altogether.
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How you can get stuck in jail without being guilty
CNBC
Cash bail amounts, intended to be insurance that someone arrested for a crime will show up for their court date, can become a problem when defendants who are unable to pay must wait in jail for their court date, often resulting in job loss and financial strain.
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Police: Man arrested after stealing, crashing bail bondsman's car
KOCO-TV
A man was taken into custody after stealing a McClain County bail bondsman's vehicle, officials said.
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Solving jail overcrowding through partnerships
Desert Dispatch
Jail overcrowding has been an ongoing problem for many years. However, it has been greatly exacerbated by AB109, the prison realignment initiative, which has pushed increasing numbers of convicted state prisoners down to our local jails. The influx of these individuals has overwhelmed community leaders, who are at a loss as to how to handle inmates that county jails were never intended to accommodate.
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Being a bail bondsman
Statesville Record & Landmark
Paulette Ballard writes: "Fortunately I've never needed a bail bondsman, but after interviewing Mark Derr, owner/agent of Day and Night Bail Bonds in Lincolton, I know what one could be expected. I spent an hour with Derr and walked away with information overload regarding what he does. My preconceived idea of being bailed out of jail went something like calling a bondsman, pay him his fee, go home, go to court on the appointed day and time and either go home for good or go to the pokey. As I've been told before, I'm very naïve sometimes."
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Why so many African Americans get stuck in jail, in 1 chart
ThinkProgress
Most Americans are used to thinking of bail as a standard part of the justice system, even as it has directly contributed to the huge number of Americans imprisoned for minor offenses. But simply sending them home could be a more sensible option in most cases. Some local governments have moved toward a bail system that focuses on the defendant's flight risk or danger to society rather than keep people in jail just because they can’t pay. These efforts could help keep cases like Sandra Bland's from happening again.
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