The Effects of Pretrial Imprisonment

Bail reform has been a major topic recently, with proponents arguing that financial resources should never determine whether someone awaits trial in or out of jail. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Washington offers a detailed review of how pretrial imprisonment affects defendants, both in terms of case outcomes and other negative impacts on…

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Google and Facebook’s Misconceived Ban on Bail Bond Ads

Google’s director of global product policy announced the company’s decision to prohibit ads that promote bail bond services in a blog post on May 8th. Facebook made a similar claim later that same day, although the company is apparently still working out the details. These decisions come as part of the growing bail reform movement,…

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How Judges Calculate and Set Bail

For those of us with limited experience with the legal justice system, the bail setting process can often be hard to comprehend. How do judges actually calculate and set bail for individuals who are arrested for allegedly committing a crime? This process can seem complicated and arbitrary to those unfamiliar with it, but the truth…

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10 Programs and Projects for Prisoners

While nobody wants to serve time in prison, for those who are incarcerated, there are many resources that allow for enrichment opportunities. These programs often assist with education, counseling, and other services to ensure that individuals in prison and their family members are not left behind. Here are 10 resources that are used to enrich…

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Guide to Bail Bonds in Spokane

The Spokane County Detention Services is located 1100 W. Mallon Avenue in Spokane, Washington. Those who are arrested and brought to jail will go through a booking process. This intake process takes about four to six hours and includes a medical screening, booking process and a classification interview. During the classification interview, it is determined…

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Guide to Posting Bail in Everett

If you or a loved one is arrested and brought to the Snohomish County Jail, there are several things you should know about posting bail or having a bond posted for you in order to be released. Bail is the amount of cash that is paid to the court with jurisdiction over your charges. This…

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Deconstructing the Bail Reform Debate

Freedom comes at a high price for those who are held for bail they can’t afford. This is so much so that many who are innocent of what they are charged with find it a better deal to plead guilty to a crime they didn’t commit rather than waiting in prison for weeks, or even…

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Department of Justice Proposes Bail Policy Updates for Low- or No-Income Defendants

In August, the U.S. Department of Justice filed an amicus (friend of the court) brief proposing an adjustment to pre-trial bail policy for defendants who cannot afford to pay for their release. Following an arrest (but before the first hearing occurs), if an alleged offender is granted bail, said person has the option to pay…

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What the Day-to-Day Life of a Bail Bondsman Is Really Like

Despite the glamorous, action-packed lifestyle of bondsmen portrayed on TV shows like “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” the everyday lives of bail bondsmen are actually fairly straightforward and uneventful. That doesn’t mean it’s not rewarding or interesting work, however – many bondsmen enjoy the flexibility to work from anywhere, utilize their skills gained in law enforcement…

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Prison News: Whatcom County Jail Reduces Arrests, Sends Prisoners to Yakima and Seattle

The Whatcom County Jail in Bellingham, Washington is overcrowded, and cities like Ferndale, Washington (in Whatcom County north of Bellingham) have started reducing the number of people they’re willing to arrest, trying to bring into custody only those “who need to be taken off the streets immediately,” said Ferndale Police Chief Michael Knapp. According to…

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Using Real Estate as Collateral

Not all assets are what we call “liquid,” meaning that they translate to easily-accessible cash. Liquid assets include anything in your checking or savings account, stocks, bonds, or money market funds. Some assets which can easily be sold, such as gold, are also considered liquid. Non-liquid assets include things that are worth money but difficult…

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What’s a Bounty Hunter and What Do They Do?

Some of the more commonly misconstrued terms when it comes to the bail industry is “bounty hunter.” Between the titles of Bail Agent, Bail Bondsmen, and Fugitive Recovery Person, there’s a lot of confusion about the bail industry on the part of inexperienced or unfamiliar outsiders. First, let’s make a distinction very clear: Fugitive Recovery…

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How Do I Arrange Bail Bonds?

Alarm, concern, and frustration are all acceptable emotions in the face of a friend or loved one being arrested. Starting from scratch, it can be hard to find the next steps in order to release them from jail. And honestly, thanks to TV and movies, the term “bail bondsman” doesn’t exactly garner tender loving feelings.…

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What Happens to Pets During Incarceration?

Sometimes circumstances beyond your control can lead to legal trouble and temporary incarceration. While much has been documented about the procedures by which homes, property, and offspring are secured and distributed during a person’s incarceration, there’s very little for pet owners to go on if they suddenly find themselves facing jail time. Luckily, there are…

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