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
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Alleged Bank Robber Steals Cab To Make His Getaway; Gets Arrested

People in California seem to have an odd habit of stealing taxi cabs so they have a fast way to get from point A to point B.

Last year, a San Diego man stole a taxi so he could drive himself home from jail. (Suffice to say, that didn't exactly work out in his favor.)

This time the incident took place in Santa Ana; members of the local police department say that last last week a suspected bank robber decided to carjack a taxi in hopes of getting away with his loot.

Santa Ana Police Department officials say the incident took pace …

By |December 8th, 2014|The Illegal & Unlawful|Comments Off on Alleged Bank Robber Steals Cab To Make His Getaway; Gets Arrested

CA Jails Report A Spike In Drug Smuggling Efforts

Jails throughout the country have always had problems with people trying to smuggle drugs into their facilities but now, California lock ups say that some parolees are getting rearrested in hopes of being able to bring contraband in themselves.

It all started when the prisoner realignment program started, they said, when the state ordered certain low-level offenders serve their sentences at local facilities as opposed to state prisons.

County jails quickly became overcrowded as a result and in some cases, people who are arrested on parole violations are only serving 10 days before being tossed back out on the street.

Criminals, they …

By |December 4th, 2014|San Diego Bail Bonds|Comments Off on CA Jails Report A Spike In Drug Smuggling Efforts

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

Whopper of a Backpack Found at BK

$100,000 cash found at San Jose Burger King
A Burger King employee had the shock of her life last week when she found an abandoned backpack near one of the fast food restaurant's tables.

It was just another normal day, according to sources, and it seemed that a patron had randomly left the item behind.  But when the owner of the franchise took a peek inside, he never imagined he'd find roughly $100,000 in cash.
Piles of $50s, stacks of $100s
The assistant manager said she first spotted the bag while she was wiping down tables on Wednesday; she didn't think too much …

By |December 1st, 2014|Santa Clara County|Comments Off on Whopper of a Backpack Found at BK

Inside the Jail: Gay Wing of LA’s Men’s Central

Throughout the nation, LGBT inmates say they struggle to find their place within jail and prison populations.

Standard procedure is to separate inmates by their gender, but sometimes, when it comes to gay, lesbian and transgender detainees, that’s a slippery slope.
Separate and equal
The solution in the Los Angeles Men’s Central Jail has been a unique one: allow gay inmates to live in their own quarters. The idea wasn’t organic.

It stemmed from a 1985 ACLU lawsuit that alleged gay inmates were far more likely to endure physical violence at the hands of other detainees than their heterosexual counterparts.

Those who are housed …

By |November 26th, 2014|Los Angeles Bail Bonds|Comments Off on Inside the Jail: Gay Wing of LA’s Men’s Central

LA Jails To Finally Become ADA Compliant

Disabled and wheelchair-bound inmates at the LA County Jails have will get a bit of relief.

Elected officials said they will be moving forward with plans to redesign the county lock-ups to ensure the facilities are ADA compliant.  This, according to sources, ends a six-year long legal battle.

Inmates have long complained that bathrooms were not wheelchair accessible and because of that, some people were soiling themselves. Others were falling out of their chairs altogether because they do not have wall-bars to grab onto.

Getting in and out of shower facilities posed a whole other list of dangerous situations.

Attorneys alleged some wheelchair …

By |November 24th, 2014|Los Angeles Bail Bonds|Comments Off on LA Jails To Finally Become ADA Compliant

San Jose PD Staffing Could Hit Three Decade Low

Sources within the San Jose Police Department have confirmed that sworn staff is leaving their ranks faster than the department can replace them.

As it stands, between two and four officers are leaving each month, they said, and the number of recruits that are graduating from academy classes is less than what they'd hoped for.

It's estimated that the number of sworn staff could fall below 990 by July of next year, which would mark the first time this number has fallen below 1,000 since the Regan administration.

Unless things change, that number could drop below 950 by July 2017.

Retention is a …

By |November 20th, 2014|Santa Clara County|Comments Off on San Jose PD Staffing Could Hit Three Decade Low

ACLU Voicing Concern Over Spy Tools That Track Ex-Cons

The Los Angeles Police Department is hardly denying that it's using technology to help keep track of where ex-cons, and those who are most likely to break the law, are most likely to be found.

Not only do these tools allow higher-ups to assign additional patrol officers to these areas, they say, it's also helped reduce crime rates.

Part of it relates to data collection while the other part is real-time computer tracking; the program uses both street-intelligence and high-speed computer calculations to point officers in a particular direction.  Sources within the LAPD says it's been so successful that the program …

By |November 18th, 2014|Los Angeles Bail Bonds|Comments Off on ACLU Voicing Concern Over Spy Tools That Track Ex-Cons

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