Bail News


If You Want To Reform the Criminal Justice System Why Not Ask a Bondsman?

If You Want To Reform the Criminal Justice System Why Not Ask a Bondsman?

Bail Reform – Why Not Ask a Bondsman? Reprinted with permission of Eric Granof, Vice President of Corporate Communications, AIA Surety.  AIA Surety is a sustaining member of the American Bail Coalition. March 31 2018 It is a Wednesday morning and I just finished reading another report, this time from Los Angeles County, providing bail reform recommendations to the LA County Supervisors.  As usual, the report was full of...

Read More...

Read More



Did A Bail Reform Algorithm Contribute To A San Francisco Man’s Murder?

The report recommends a phase-out of a money-based bail system, replacing it with a risk-based pretrial assessment that uses a computer algorithm and judicial discretion; expansion of preventive detention for the most dangerous cases; and expansion of pretrial services in every county. The latter could include monitoring compliance with a defendants’ release conditions, anger management counseling, and reminders to people to show up on their...

Read More...

Read More



Bail Is Effective

We heard a lot about bail reform this year in California with the companion bills, Assembly Bill 42 and Senate Bill 10 (The California Money Bail Reform Act of 2017). The rush to judgment and pressure to change the system in a swift and dramatic fashion based on national class-warfare rhetoric obscures the true picture of the problems … and real solutions. While I wish...

Read More...

Read More



U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit Deals Major Blow to Legal Effort to Declare Bail Unconstitutional

Atlanta, GA–Today, in a unanimous decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals vacated a grant of a preliminary injunction in the federal bail case of Walker v. Calhoun, Georgia, where District Judge Harold Murphy granted an injunction against the city because the city’s bail system discriminated against people based on their wealth. The Court of Appeals Judges, at the hearing, were entirely skeptical of the underlying and...

Read More...

Read More