Bail Industry Features

Fact: Inmates Can’t Use Their Cell Phones To Make Calls

When someone is arrested and taken to jail, at some point, they are provided access to a phone; if the defendant can't remember any phone numbers, they may be out of luck.

Jailers always take an inmates personal possessions as part of the county jail booking process.  This can include everything from confiscating watches, purses, jewelry, car keys and yes, this includes the defendant's cell phone.  These items will be returned to an inmate when they are released but they won't have access to any of it while they remain in custody.

Although it is common practice for the jail to …

By |January 2nd, 2015|Bail Industry Features|Comments Off on Fact: Inmates Can’t Use Their Cell Phones To Make Calls

Illegal & Unlawful: Top 14 of 2014

Criminals do the darndest things...
2014 has been an interesting year for weird and bizarre crime.  Below, we've listed our "best of the best" from the past 12 months, which span the good to the bad to the ugly (and even the strange).

14.  The double wet willie that landed an airman in jail.  In October of this year, a 24 year-old member of the armed services was enjoying some time off from service.  He was with friends, they were out drinking, and at some point, he decided it would be a great idea to give a 'double wet-willie' to an …

By |December 30th, 2014|Bail Industry Features|Comments Off on Illegal & Unlawful: Top 14 of 2014
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    Law Enforcement Admits Jail Realignment Has Been A Game Changer

Law Enforcement Admits Jail Realignment Has Been A Game Changer

It's been a little more than 36 months since the controversial California inmate realignment took place; since that time, certain sentenced inmates are serving their time at county lock ups instead of state prisons.

The shift was in response to a flurry of lawsuits relating to poor conditions, abysmal medical care and widespread overcrowding.  Eventually, the Supreme Court intervened and ordered the state to reduce its prisoner population to no more than 137.5 percent of rated capacity.

California had two options-  let a bunch of people off early, or find a way to pass the buck.  That's where the realignment came …

By |December 20th, 2014|Bail Industry Features|Comments Off on Law Enforcement Admits Jail Realignment Has Been A Game Changer

Mark Wahlburg Says He’d Like To Be A LAPD Reserve Cop

Marky Mark Wahlburg may be best known for being a one-hit-wonder solo artist turned movie star, but the 43 year-old actor has said he'd like to add another item to his resume.

TMZ has recently reported that if Wahlburg is able to get his former criminal record expunged, he'd like to become an LAPD reserve officer.

Sources say the actor became interested in police work after doing research for various movie roles.  Those close to him say he's been interested in law enforcement work for quite some time, but a prior felony conviction for assault has prevented him from pursuing that dream.

Wahlburg admits …

By |December 15th, 2014|Bail Industry Features, Los Angeles Bail Bonds|Comments Off on Mark Wahlburg Says He’d Like To Be A LAPD Reserve Cop

$1.6 Million Napa Valley Jail Expansion Still 24-Months Out

Although county officials say they're planning on building a new Napa County Jail complex, the first item of business is to open a re-entry facility that will help soon-t0-be released inmates transition back into society.

The Board of Supervisors is set to vote on whether to authorize the $1.6 million in spending for the re-entry center later this week. If approved, those funds will be allocated toward design work;  the supes are also considering another $378,000 request that would be needed to pay for utilities design work.

Sources close to the project, however, point out that the phase-one spending isn't aimed …

By |December 3rd, 2014|Bail Industry Features|Comments Off on $1.6 Million Napa Valley Jail Expansion Still 24-Months Out

Top 5 Holiday Travel Tips To Keep You Safe

Holiday travel can be as hectic as it is stressful, but if you take the time to make a mental note of these five tips, you're bound to come out ahead of the game.
1. Be careful what is in your suitcase
Each year, bail bonds companies get countless calls from airline passengers who didn't know they were carrying "contraband" in their carry-on suitcases.
Things such as pocket knives, brass knuckles can be flagged as weapons by the TSA. Oddly, some we've had calls from people who literally didn't know they had a hand gun in a carry-on.
If a passenger is found …

By |November 29th, 2014|Bail Industry Features|Comments Off on Top 5 Holiday Travel Tips To Keep You Safe

Job Interview Fail: Arrested For Stabbing The Boss

A San Diego man found himself behind bars earlier this week after he arrived at a job interview drunk and proceeded to stab the boss.

A spokesperson for the El Cajon Police Department said the incident took place on Monday; at that point, Jose Lopez walked into the office of his latest job prospect but the owner quickly smelled booze on his breath.

Showing up at a job interview while intoxicated is not exactly good form; the boss was annoyed and he confronted the applicant on his faux pas.

Lopez became angry, then irate, and eventually it escalated to physical contact.  Although …

By |November 21st, 2014|Bail Industry Features|Comments Off on Job Interview Fail: Arrested For Stabbing The Boss

What Bail Bonds Accomplish for Criminal Justice System

Last week, Louisiana-based newspaper published an op-ed from from the Executive Director of the state's ACLU that essentially slammed the commercial bail industry.

Her perspective seems to be that the bail bonds industry is the root of the the problems in the Louisiana criminal justice system. Her thesis being that pre-trial defendant's are in jail because they are financially disadvantage and greedy bail agents want to keep the system in place.

This week, ExpertBail's Eric Granoff helped to set the record straight in his article "What's Right With the Louisiana Bail System?"

Granoff focuses the roll of jail and the bail industry …

By |November 19th, 2014|Bail Industry Features|Comments Off on What Bail Bonds Accomplish for Criminal Justice System
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    Lawsuit Prompts Sheriff’s Department To Break-Up With Facebook

Lawsuit Prompts Sheriff’s Department To Break-Up With Facebook

The San Diego Sheriff's Department has seemingly kissed its Facebook page good bye after an Oceanside gun parts dealer filed a lawsuit against the agency in the Southern District federal court.

Sources close to the case says it all started with a couple, less-than-flattering comments about Sheriff Bill Gore; the plaintiff said not only were his remarks deleted, the department banned him from posting anything else on their Facebook wall.

His attorney has alleged that both these actions have violated his client's right to free speech.  Their argument is simple-  social media platforms are the new "town hall meetings".   All citizens …

By |November 17th, 2014|Bail Industry Features|Comments Off on Lawsuit Prompts Sheriff’s Department To Break-Up With Facebook

Mayor Just Says ‘No’ To Jail Expansion

Although some groups are pushing for a renovation and expansion of the Tehama County Jail, at least one elected official is speaking out against it.

Proponents say that additional bed space is needed, especially after the state implemented it's prisoner realignment program, which has shifted certain sentenced offenders from serving time in state prisons to county lock-ups.

They say the extra 34,360 square feet and 64 beds are needed to accommodate the needs of people who are serving longer sentences, as it will allow space for rehabilitation and educational programs.

The main point of contention, according to the local mayor, is that …

By |November 14th, 2014|Bail Industry Features|Comments Off on Mayor Just Says ‘No’ To Jail Expansion