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Old 04-08-2004, 04:54 PM
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Default FL bail bond agents complain about nonmonetary release before trial

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Miami Daily Business Review

Steve Ellman
Miami Daily Business Review

Some South Florida judges are blasting an Internet site sponsored by the bail bond industry that attacks the decisions of state court judges to grant nonmonetary release of criminal defendants before trial.

Since last spring, a group called Concerned Citizens for Pre-Trial Compliance, which includes bail bond agents, has been operating a Miami-based Web site called floridasrevolvingdoor.com. The site currently lists 49 pretrial release decisions by 12 judges in Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Manatee and Sarasota counties. The listings include descriptions of defendants' rap sheets and sarcastic comments about the judges.

The site decries what it calls the judges' "outrageous violations of the public trust," and says that "it is the moral duty of taxpayers" to retaliate "at the ballot box."

Critics of the bail industry say the Web site reflects the bond agents' anxiety about efforts to increase judges' use of pretrial release services that eliminate the requirement that defendants post monetary bond.

Bond agents claim that monetary bond is the best guarantee that defendants will return for later court appearances. The critics note that bond agents' revenues depend on the fees they charge to post bail on behalf of defendants.

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Bail probably made more sense back when it was easier to just head out of state and hide for a while...these days they've got everybody cross referenced by social security, drivers license, etc...yeah right, these guys donate to the judges they think are the fairest. The sound of corrections in amerika: a zillion cash registers beeping as one...
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Bounty hunters, or Bail Agents, chase after and track down people who jump bail. They're hired to catch the skippers and bring them back.Because police departments are busy and don't have the time or resources to track after everyone who jumps bail.
Once bail skippers are caught and taken to court, the bondsmen usually are released from their bond obligations - they get their money back.
Bounty hunters don't work for free. Usually, they're paid a percentage of the amount of the bail bond written for the skipper. It's typically between 10 and 20 percent, sometimes more.
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