There are a few ways to build a bail bond business in Orange County, but none easier or cheaper than hiring inmates inside the jail to refer you fresh customers every day. “Capping” , as it’s known, has been going on inside every jail in California for decades and the illegal activity shows no signs of slowing down.
Unlike many surrounding counties, Orange County does an excellent job of providing online tools to the public for gathering criminal case information. You probably would be interested in finding out if there is an Orange County Warrant for your arrest or if someone you know is in jail or what a friend or loved one is being charged with. In Los Angeles County it is nearly impossible to find out this information and requires phone calls to courts just to figure out the status of a case. Orange County makes all this information easily accessible via the web requiring no logon or pay-to-use fees. Orange county websites below:
The testimonial below demonstrates why choosing the right bail agent is so import and why professionalism, honesty and integrity outweigh the perceived benefit of illegal discounts offered by inexperienced and dishonest bail agents."It’s been 6 years since my family and I were led to Jason. I have been out on bail for over 6 years. Jason has been a man of his word and kept my bond. My case has already been through trial and is awaiting a retrial, if I had picked another bail bonds company I would have been charged a yearly fee that would have put my family in financial ruins. I can’t express to anyone who is looking for a bail bond person, how great Jason has been, a real God send!!!!. I’m so grateful for Jason’s hands-on help. To anyone who is looking for a bail bonds company without hesitation use Jason, he can do the impossible. Thank you Jason for your help and understanding."-- Shaine Lavoie
An article from April 12, 2012 in the Philadelphia Inquirer titled, “Courts take action to stem tide of no-shows”, reveals just how enormous the problem of having criminal defendants appear in court or pay their forfeited bail has become. The Inquirer article discloses that an amazing 47,000 defendants have active fugitive warrants for their arrest issued by Philadelphia courts and mainly because of the defendant’s failure to appear. This constitutes a third of all defendants skipped one or more court date, which is the highest failure to appear rate in the nation! Additionally, the court system is owed a staggering $1 billion in forfeited bail that will probably never be collected.
There is much confusion surrounding bail in the Federal court criminal justice system and very few have the knowledge and background to assist you, or even explain it clearly. Unlike state court, it’s not a simple process of having a local bail agent run to the jail to have a loved one released. There are several possibilities for bail in Federal Court and most take a few days or even weeks to submit. Determination for bail is always made by the Judge or Magistrate handling the case.
Senate Bill AB109 was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown in May, 2011which requires 30,000 of the roughly 180,000 California prisoners to be sent back to County Jails to serve out their sentences or be released and monitored.
Additionally, it requires the county jails to begin housing convicted prisoners that would have normally been sent to state prisons. The law became effective October 1st and the strain on county resources is already being felt, particularly here at the Orange County Jail and Los Angeles County Jail. With already overcrowded jails throughout our state and funding that was already stretched to the limit, this “Realignment Bill” is creating havoc within each counties criminal judicial systems.
Each county is now implementing plans to massively increase the size and scope of their probation departments who have been given the task of devising a plan to handle the additional inmates. Most of the solutions being proposed to reduce jail population involve “sentenced” inmates, or inmates that have plead guilty and are serving prison sentences. The release of these inmates will be primarily managed using government funded release programs, such as GPS monitoring or Own Recognizance release.
A new comprehensive report released last month from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) shows once again that having defendants released from custody by way of a bail bond is the most effective and economical method when compared to government funded unsecured release. This detailed report quantifies and clearly defines the performance differences between Surety Bail Bonds vs. unsecured releases. This report found:
The ExpertBail Network together with Jason Meyerson of Bail Bond Professionals, have launched a new and exciting bail bond education program for high school students in Orange County. Its’ purpose is to inform and educate students about the dangers of drinking while driving and what to expect if they are arrested.
In the month of September the Justice Policy Institute (JPI), aka Pretrial Services, put out a scathing anti-bail propaganda document named “Bail Fail” depicting the bail bond industry in America as a complete failure which has led to more crime, more jail overcrowding and is a broken system that needs to be eliminated. JPI declared September as the “War on Bail” month by spreading their report to anyone who would listen, including Judges, District Attorney’s, Bar Associations and the like. Needless to say, “Bail Fail” fails miserably to tell the truth about what bail agents do, how we do it and what benefits we bring to the criminal justice system, the states we operate in and society as a whole.
Today the Wall Street Journal featured an article about the bail bond business and how it has been affected by the decline of the real estate market since 2008. The articles author, Dawn Wotapka, contacted Bail Bond Professionals owner Jason Meyerson to discuss how it has changed the way he approaches his business and if more inmates now remain in custody due to the lack of collateral.