Crime beat: The ins and outs of bail bonds

  • Article by: Pat Pheifer , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 2, 2014 - 5:07 PM

 

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bermudadanJan. 2, 14 9:31 PM

These guys bailed me once! For something stupid but AAA bail bonds and Briggs are one of the good ones, glad to see him get a shout-out. Didn't make me feel stupid, great guys.

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speezackApr. 2, 14 1:55 PM

Commercial bail has worked for many years and if done properly, by licensed professional bondsmen, it is the best way to keep a handle on those awaiting their court appearance. If you want to know how bail works when implemented by the state or the city, you need look no further than Philadelphia. I think all involved in that experiment would agree, it is a train wreck. No one goes after the FTA's and when a defendant on bail finds out he has no basic responsibility to return to court, he may choose not to … and the backlog owed the city is in the millions and it can only get worse as time moves on. Hopefully commercial bail, if done properly and regulated fairly, will prove to be the way to go. One other thing... it is totally self supporting, no tax dollars support commercial bail, something that cannot be said of state agencies... and that is only one of many good reasons to maintain commercial bail. Yes, there are bondsman that are rather unethical, just as there are attorneys, judges and even police officers but I can tell you that there are also many in this business that are very professional and do their job honestly and ethically. Unfortunately, the media generally and usually only focuses on the bad eggs. It is good to see a positive story on our industry ; there are many that go unreported.

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