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Experts Question Legality Of CA’s DNA Collection Laws

It's no great secret that when a person is arrested they'll be fingerprinted as part of the booking process; in the past decade, many California jails have also started to take a DNA swab.

The idea behind that was simple:  cross check the defendants DNA against a national database to determine whether their genetic fingerprinted tied them to a prior crime.   In some cases, the practice has helped law enforcement officials solve years-old cold cases.

But the practice may have found itself coming to a screeching halt.  Last week, a CA Court of Appeals found that taking a DNA sample from …

By |December 11th, 2014|Orange County Bail Bonds|Comments Off on Experts Question Legality Of CA’s DNA Collection Laws

OC Sheriff Defends Use Of Jailhouse Informants

It wasn't all that long ago that OC defense attorneys had alleged that the county's use of jailhouse informants was a direct violation of their constitutional rights.

At that point, OC public defenders alleged that prosecutors were using sentenced inmates to interrogate pre-trial defendants and went so far as to claim the DA's office was hiding the inappropriate tactics.

But Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hurchens has stepped forward to defend the county prosecutor, saying that the use of jailhouse informants has been "very effective."

It's a slippery slope to navigate and the legal battle is ongoing.  In LA and Orange County, two …

By |December 9th, 2014|Orange County Bail Bonds|Comments Off on OC Sheriff Defends Use Of Jailhouse Informants

OC Considers Mass Overhaul To Bail Bonds System

Sources close to the Orange County Jail system say the county is considering moving forward with a pilot program for some of its inmates. If approved, jails will take a more risk-based approach deciding which defendants are released before their first court date.

Proponents say there are a number of pre-trial defendants who remain behind bars because they cannot afford to post bail bonds.
Creating Risk While Evaluating Risk
Opponents feel the proposed change in the system is a risky move. When an individual is released from jail through bail, the bail bonds company and the person who signed the bail contract …

By |December 2nd, 2014|Orange County Bail Bonds|Comments Off on OC Considers Mass Overhaul To Bail Bonds System

Orange County Cities See Major Drop In Violent Crime

Sources within the Orange County law enforcement community have confirmed that yes, violent crime rates throughout the region are down year-on-year.

The dip in some regions has been so significant that some cities are describing it as being "dramatic".

Nearly every area in the county has reported declines, according to a recent FBI report.  Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens said this can be largely attributed to federal, state and local law enforcement agencies working hand-in-hand.

With everyone working together, and using available technology, amazing things have happened.

Jail officials say that the drop in crime rates has helped them avoid releasing inmates early.  …

By |November 12th, 2014|Orange County Bail Bonds|Comments Off on Orange County Cities See Major Drop In Violent Crime

OC Jails Evaluating Programs To Help Reduce Recidivism

Officials in Orange County say they will likely expand their efforts to keep former inmates from committing new crimes once they are released.

This is all part of California's efforts to cut inmate populations at both prisons and the county jails.  Inmate overcrowding has long been a problem for the Golden State, according to sources, and it's gotten to the point where the Supreme Court has found it unconstitutional.  The justices went so far as to order CA to reduce their prisoner population to no more than 137.5 percent of rated capacity.

Prisons weren't prepared to simply open the floodgates for …

By |October 2nd, 2014|Orange County Bail Bonds|Comments Off on OC Jails Evaluating Programs To Help Reduce Recidivism
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    ‘Mission Impossible’ Burglary Suspect Booked At Orange County Jail

‘Mission Impossible’ Burglary Suspect Booked At Orange County Jail

A representative from the Pomona Police Department have confirmed that officers have arrested a man who is believed to be the "Mission Impossible" burglar.

Although the suspect was initially booked in at the Huntington Beach Jail he's since been transferred to the Orange County Jail where he's being held on burglary charges; he's also facing one count of committing another crime while out on a community release program from a prior offense.

Jailers have not said what the previous crime relates to, but they did say the second charge has a no bail hold. If that's lifted when he goes to …

By |September 22nd, 2014|Orange County Bail Bonds|Comments Off on ‘Mission Impossible’ Burglary Suspect Booked At Orange County Jail

How Flawed Is GPS Tracking Technology?

These days, thanks to jail realignment, more and more inmates are being released from custody using GPS monitoring devices.

Some of them have yet to be convicted; others have been sentenced for their crimes.  Recent reports show that in Orange County, two convicted sex offenders who were released from the Orange County Jail on ankle-bracelet monitoring are now facing murder charges.

Both men had not only cut the devices off, they fled to Las Vegas.  When authorities realized what happened they didn't send these men back to jail.  Instead, they got a slap on the wrist, had the bracelets re-attached and …

By |August 26th, 2014|Orange County Bail Bonds|Comments Off on How Flawed Is GPS Tracking Technology?

High OC Jail Collect-Call Fees To Be Addressed

Anyone who has ever received a collect phone call from someone in the Orange County Jail will tell you the cost is very very high.

The situation is so bad, according to sources, that the County Board of Supervisors is going to address the issue later this week.

At least one elected official has pointed out the high cost makes it hard for inmates to connect with family members, which keeps them from being able to lean on loved ones for support while they're behind bars.
FCC calls phone prices "punitive"
The supervisors say they want to make sure they address the issue …

By |August 19th, 2014|Orange County Bail Bonds|Comments Off on High OC Jail Collect-Call Fees To Be Addressed
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    The Devil Wore Prada… Or It Bank Robber in Devil’s Clothing?

The Devil Wore Prada… Or It Bank Robber in Devil’s Clothing?

When most people think of bank robbers, their minds wander to people in ski-masks who carry big guns.

But in Newport Beach, the most recent bank heist was pulled off by a clean-cut man who was sporting Prada sunglasses.  (If he can afford Prada, maybe he doesn't need to rob a bank... or maybe this isn't his first heist.) Authorities also say he didn't appear to have any sort of weapons with him when he decided to hold the Wells Fargo branch up.

The story goes something like this.  The mid 20-something walked in to the bank, cased the joint, turned …

By |July 25th, 2014|Orange County Bail Bonds|Comments Off on The Devil Wore Prada… Or It Bank Robber in Devil’s Clothing?

Orange County Jails Help Feed The Less Fortunate

When you think about the county lock up, you're likely to think about things such as crime, bail bonds and people who are serving time.  But now, at least one of the Orange County Jails has started to give back to the community.

Namely, they're turning over excess lunch meat (and other food stuffs) to the St. Francis Home and the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center.

There is quite a bit of food that's prepared for inmates on a daily basis, according to a representative from the Theo Lacy Jail, and not all of it gets used.

And now, instead of tossing …

By |July 21st, 2014|Orange County Bail Bonds|Comments Off on Orange County Jails Help Feed The Less Fortunate