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Nearly $1 billion owed by bail jumpers wiped off books
Philly.com
In a single act, nearly $1 billion in debt owed to Philadelphia by onetime fugitives has disappeared. Philadelphia's court system, at the request of the city, wiped off the books longtime debt owed by tens of thousands of criminal defendants who failed to appear for their court dates.
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Bail industry wants Oregon to return to a system it once rejected
Oregon State Bar
Representatives of the commercial bail bonds industry make no bones about it: They think Oregon would be better off to revert to the bail system the state ran before 1974. "Absolutely," says Jeremy Hubbard, a bail agent in Vancouver, Washington, corporate manager of A-Affordable Bail Bonds and president of the Washington State Bail Agents Association. Like other bail bondsmen across the country, he contends that a commercial surety bail system saves taxpayers money and protects public safety to a greater extent than a government-based system such as Oregon uses.
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Some attorneys fear bail amounts climbing too high
Stockton Record
The Superior Court of San Joaquin County has set bail on certain crimes significantly higher than other nearby California counties have, and some defense attorneys are concerned over the disparity, saying it is unfair to an area grappling with low incomes and diminished assets. The attorneys say the bail schedule in San Joaquin County makes it nearly impossible for their clients to bail out.
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Pensylvania senator praises passage of bail bond reforms
Insurance News Net
Pennsylvania Sen. Mike Stack recently praised Senate passage of legislation intended to reform and modernize the state's bail bond system. Stack, a co-sponsor of Senate Bill 1441, said reforming the system was a challenge that was met through bipartisan cooperation and hard work.
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California county likely to release low-level inmates earlier
The Press Democrat
More people will be released sooner from the Sonoma County, California, jail under a new pretrial assessment program aimed at freeing up space for the most dangerous criminals. Starting Dec. 1, all people booked into the jail will be evaluated under a new system that considers certain factors, including their danger to the community, whether they are likely to commit new crimes or if they will return to court. Those with favorable scores will be released, without bail, at their first appearance before a judge.
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Vote 'Yes' on state ballot question to reform New Jersey's bail process
The Star-Ledger (commentary)
At any given time, up to 15,000 individuals in New Jersey jails are awaiting hearings on their cases. More than half of them are being held on charges for nonviolent offenses. Many could be released on bail pending trial, but lack the financial resources to pay the arbitrary bail amounts set by the current New Jersey bail schedule. More than 40 percent of those held in county jails are there solely because of their inability to pay bail, and their average stay in jail is almost a year.
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Does prison realignment make anyone feel safer?
The Daily Journal (commentary)
Prison reform and realignment are traditionally perceived as one of the most unpopular topics of our time, but have quickly shifted to a front and center debate in California. Assembly Bill 109, Gov. Jerry Brown's prison realignment program, has been the source of heated debate and criticism late in this election cycle.
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New screening system will alleviate California jail overcrowding
CorrectionsOne.com
A new system will look beyond the current crime and into an inmate's past in order to help alleviate overcrowding at the San Joaquin County Jail. Cap Radio reports that the jail is under a court-ordered cap; currently, releases are based on the seriousness of the current charge. But the new system will look further than that.
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Minors arrested after showing up drunk to bail out friend in jail
WGHP-TV
Two Johnson County minors have joined their friend behind bars after showing up drunk to bail him out, investigators say. Officials say the pair walked up to the Johnson County Law Enforcement Facility just after 2 a.m. Oct. 12 and waved at deputies through a window. When deputies answered the door, the two said they came to bail out their friend, who had been arrested for underage drinking.
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