Why do we want to put a government agency into an industry that is run by private enterprises....and run very effectively at that. I would rather my tax dollars go towards education and schools than a bloated government entity that lets dangerous people out on the street with no supervision. The next time a pretrial service employee tells you how well they perform, ask them how many outstanding warrants they have for those who failed to appear.
Also, look at cities like Philadelphia whose 10% deposit bail program has done irreputable damage to the criminal justice system. Criminals are let out for 10% and never show up for court. Currently that city is owed over $1Billion dollars in fees from those "no shows". And just ask the police how much time they have to go after those people...NONE!
A bail agent gets 10%-15% of the bond amount as a premium. If the defendant doesnt show up in court the bail agent is responsible for the full amount of the bond. So how in the world can a bail agent stay in business if he has to fork over 90% than he takes in unless he is extremely effective at getting the defendant back to court. The bail industry is an important part of the criminal justice system. People are so turned off by what they see on television and in the movies and immediately think that bail agents are criminals trying to rip you off. The reality is that they help ensure everyones eight ammendment rights to bail so that they are still innocent until proven guilty. They also protect the communities the serve by ensuring that defendants show up for court to have their cases heard.
I think things are way out of whack for the government to be trying to take over a private business by painting them in a negative light and putting hundreds of families out of business when unemployment rates are at levels they are at. This is a no brainer argument. Leave bail to the professionals and focus on solving the real problems we have in our communities like education and job creation.
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