Bail Across Washington State

30 Years Later One of our biggest goals when we opened back in 1989 was to make sure that we could reach every major jail and prison in Washington State. That means having bail agents and offices across the entire state. 30 years later, we have at least one location near every major jail in…

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…

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…