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This is a great piece written by Dr. Dennis Bartlett from the American Bail Coalition.

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Do Illegal Immigrants clog the California Jails?

Do illegal immigrants clog the California Jails? Is it time to look at our immigration policy on kicking out all the illegals because its the popular thing to do? Our own farmers are even having trouble finding employees because INS is doing such a great job at kicking everyone out of the country.

Today we attempted to post a bail bond in Orange County California. It was for a Domestic Violence case for restraining his overly aggressive drunken wife who was hitting, scratching and kicking him. This is a man who is from India and is an IT engineer at a large firm in Irvine. They have 2 kids a house and pays taxes. On our way to the jail the family calls and says they have placed an immigration hold against him.

Jails and Jailers are so quick to act on immigration issues and these defendants can take up to 90 days before a judge decides what to do with them. This is 90 days of jail overcrowding. I understand the illegals that commit crimes especially the violent criminals but i don’t understand the major crackdown just because its the popular thing amongst politicians. In my opinion illegals should be considered just like everyone else and given a chance to get their citizenship especially if they are being productive and contributing to society by having a job, paying rent etc…

Sure seems like these should be on a case by case basis.

I am not saying that illegal immigration isn’t a problem I understand the tax and health care issues they cause but I do believe that everyone has a story and everyone should be allowed to tell that story including illegal immigrants.

Before the crackdown on illegals we used to post bail bonds for them all the time. They were always some of the best clients because they always showed up for court and did whatever they had to do so they wouldn’t get deported.

Sean Cook
California Bail Bondsman

GPS: Criminal Justice Hero or Criminal Justice Zero


GPS, or Global Positioning System devices, have become one of the fastest growing consumer products in recent history. Whether they are imbedded in your smart phone to let people know where you are or whether they sit on the dashboard of your car to prevent you from getting lost, GPS devices are becoming more entrenched into our everyday lives. The question now becomes: where does GPS make sense and where doesn’t it? For example, the criminal justice system has embraced GPS as the Second Coming and is now moving towards implementing it in more ways each and every day. As a citizen of the US and an active member of my local community, I have to ask: how can GPS by itself be the cure-all solution for the problems that ail our criminal justice system?

I have been connected to the criminal justice system for most of my adult life. I have seen new ideas and technologies come and go like the seasons changing throughout the year. While some stick and become commonplace, others come and go faster than you can say “change.” But some go on and on trying to re-invent themselves and reposition themselves until they are able to stick a little bit stronger with the public. GPS is one of those concepts. While on the surface, the idea of having the ability to track an individual is great. However, the reality of doing so in an effective way is where the challenge lies for GPS being, as it claims it is the solution for things like jail overcrowding. Here are just some of the out-points of this cure-all technology:

  • GPS tracks the person, but no one tracks the GPS.
    While GPS is capable of tracking the location of a person down to their placement on a sidewalk, the big question really is less about that and more about who is monitoring the GPS device so that a crime can be prevented. There have been countless reports of people who have gone outside of house arrest or who have violated an exclusion zone (an area they must avoid as part of their release agreement) and committed a crime, but no one knows that the violation occurred (or much less that it is about to occur) because no one is monitoring the system.
  • GPS tells you where the defendant was when they cut off the device.
    Many opponents of GPS monitoring believe that the above statement is a big reason why GPS fails. Defendants sometimes cut off the device and then disappear….only to be caught again after committing another crime and creating another crime victim. All the device tells a monitor is where the defendant was when he cut the bracelet off.
  • GPS does not prevent crime, but rather just tracks it.
    Since you can only see the location of the person, all GPS really does is tell you where they are and not what they are doing.


These are but three shortcomings of GPS and also three big questions that need to be answered before we can truly see it as an effective means of tracking and monitoring defendants.
I believe that there is a solution to increasing the effectiveness of a GPS device. It is a solution that has proven itself time and time again to be the most effective element in the criminal justice system and the only element that actually provides a guarantee of performance. That solution is to couple the new technology (GPS) with the historically proven effectiveness of the commercial bail industry. What makes the commercial bail industry such an effective solution for the criminal justice system is that it creates accountability. Accountability with the defendant. Accountability with the family, friends and potentially the colleagues of the defendant. And most importantly, accountability with an AM BEST rated insurance company and its independent insurance agent (the bail agent) who provides the product to the consumer. When you couple these things with the ability to track a person through a GPS device, you get a superior result within the pretrial release process. If the defendant wearing the device fails to perform, there is an insurance company that must pay the bail amount to the county. But when you couple GPS with another government run, taxpayer funded program that places un-invested, 9 to 5 employees in charge of tracking and monitoring defendants you get an inferior program that will not only leave defendants unaccountable but also leave the public less safe.
Once again, I encourage key decision makers to bring the commercial bail industry to the table when discussing ways to improve the system. It brings a level of experience, knowledge and success that can be leveraged in ways to improve the effectiveness of pretrial release and improve the safety of our communities. All local officials must be willing to do is ask.
Brian Nairin is the President and CEO of AIA Holdings, Inc.

Jail Realignment: Action Will Cause Reaction by Brian Nairin (Behind the Paper)

Ignoring the problem or giving it to someone else doesn’t mean it has gone away….that is the lesson that Governor Brown needs to learn when it comes to jail populations and the criminal justice system in California.  Recently it was reported that crime in Sacramento is up 7% since January of this year.  What is so compelling about this stat is that it comes at the tail end of 5 straight years of declines in crime.  So what is the cause of this increase?  According to a poll being conducted on the Sacramento Bee’s website, 81% of respondents say the cause is a combination of cuts in law enforcement, less supervision of people on parole, release of more parolees into the community and cuts in the juvenile court system.  Regardless of which single reason or combinations of reasons are thought to be the cause, it is hard to deny the negative impact that the Governor’s “Jail Realignment” has had on local communities.  Sacramento is just one of many counties and cities that have reported significant increases in local crime numbers.  Cities like Antioch, San Jose and Vallejo are all reporting increases in both non-violent and violent crimes.  Recently the San Mateo County Times reported that ALL Bay Area cities have seen double digit increases in crime (specifically home robberies) in 2012 (Palo Alto leads the way with a 63% increase).

What the Governor hasn’t figured out is that cutting costs, slashing budgets and releasing inmates is not the solution to jail overcrowding.  It is, however, the cause of increased crime and lack of respect for law enforcement.  If a criminal knows they won’t be punished, then what is the incentive for them to stop?  Whether the crime is classified as violent or non-violent, criminals will care less and less about the law and more and more about who their next crime victim is.  So what is the answer?  Is it bigger government in Sacramento? Is it bigger government in your local communities?  Or shall we look to the private sector to do what they do best, which is come up with efficient, cost effective solutions that produce results?  As the Chief Executive Officer of the nation’s largest family of bail bond insurance companies, I think there is a lot that both state and local governments can learn from the bail industry if they were only to ask.  But since they haven’t asked and to date have been reluctant to include us in the conversations, here are some things that I think the Governor and local community leaders should think about.  And the first thing on the list is an easy one.

  • Tap into the knowledge and experience of the commercial bail industryBail bond agents have been a vital part of California’s criminal justice system for over 60 years.  Bail agents understand how to supervise and ensure appearance of those released pretrial. Leverage this knowledge and transfer it to managing populations post-conviction.


  • Better understand the pretrial populations that make up jails to determine the best solution – without knowing who is in jail and why they are there you can’t solve the problem.  Just releasing any and every one that falls into a “non, non, non” category, is not an effective way to manage populations. As the evidence is showing, even non-violent offenders create crime victims, and releasing them is putting public safety at significant risk.


  • Assess bail amounts and bond schedules - If jails are crowded because bail amounts are too high, then look at lowering bail schedules…once again, tap into knowledge and experience of the bail industry.

These are just a few simple things state and local governments could do to not only come up with a better long term solution to these challenges, but also a short term one that creates both accountability amongst those accused of committing crimes and a level of public safety that we are all confident in.  What do you think?

California Prison Overcrowding and Bail Bonds – No one will argue that inmates need some form of rehab but getting them to commit and actually show up to rehab is another issue. Inmates that are released on private surety bail bonds are 2/3 more likely to appear in court and face their charges. And when they don’t appear in court Bondsman chase them down and bring them back to court. What the general public doesn’t understand is that law enforcement is overburdened with warrants and current enforcing of the law. They do not have time to chase down people that abscond.

Private Surety bail has a vested interest in making sure their clients appear in court through sentencing. Bondsman are responsible for the entire amount of the bond when people don’t appear in court. That’s a lot of reasons to guarantee people appear.
California Bail Bond Agent

AB109 Negative affect to firefighters in California

AB109 also known as the Prison Realignment Bill mandated that CA state prisons send their inmates to county jails. This has begun to cause overcrowding in the County Jails throughout California. This was expected and the counties are attempting to figure out how to deal with the overcrowding issue quickly. One of the recent fallout’s from the Prison Realignment was that CA will lose 1500 Inmate Firefighters per year.

Low risk / low level offender inmates are used to help fight fires throughout California and because of AB109 the inmates will now be transferred to the county level and no longer used to help fight fires.

Crime rates falling in most Orange County cities

The OC Register reported on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, that many Orange County cities have been seeing a decline in crime rates, especially in Santa Ana. It is believed that this decline can be attributed to a crack down on gangs in the city.

According to the latest statistics provided by the FBI, crime has decreased on some of the largest cities in Orange County.

Santa Ana saw significant decreases in all areas of violent crime; 15 less murders, a 30 percent drop in forcible rape, 18 percent in robbery, and 4 percent in aggravated assaults. It is believed by the Santa Ana police department that most of these crimes are gang related, that’s why they focused on cracking down on gangs in 2011.

Property and violent crimes have dropped in cities like; Fullerton, Huntington Beach and Garden Grove, but the most significant drop in crime has been seen in Santa Ana, along with the second-largest city in the county seeing a decrease in violent crimes by 13 percent.

On a national level, the FBI statistics revealed a decrease in violent crimes by 4 percent in 2011 when compared to 2010; and property crime saw a moderate decrease of .8 percent.

On the other side of the coin, some Orange County cities saw increases in crime like the City of Orange with a 5 percent increase in violent crime and 3 percent in property crime.

The largest city inOrangeCounty,Anaheim, experienced the biggest increase in violent crime to the tune of 10 percent, which is comprised of rapes, murders and assaults. 

The statistics show that Irvine still remains the city with the lowest violent crime rate with a population of more than 100,000, making it the eighth consecutive year the city has been able to claim the unofficial title of “America’s Safest City.” No doubt this is one of the greatest attractions drawing more and more people to want to reside in this city.

However, property crime did increase in Irvine by 17 percent in 2011, which is the highest increase in property crime throughout all Orange County cities. Also, the statistics showed that thefts and burglaries also increased.

Another city that saw an increase of property crime is Costa Mesa, with 11 percent more incidents reported in 2011.

Based on the FBI statistics, it appears that Orange County law enforcement has been making great strides in their efforts to reduce crime and protect the public’s safety. Keep up the good work.

Sean M. Cook has been in the bail bond industry for more than 20 years serving primarily the Southern California region, as well as Northern California. His knowledge and experience has been documented in two successful books, Bail Bonds 101 and Bail Bonds 201. Both are valuable guides to help anyone start and operate their own bail bond company. Mr. Cook is also the current president of the Orange County Bail Agents Association, where he’s very active in the lobbying for bail bondsmen and their value to the justice system and local communities. Sean Cook