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Apr 2017

Celebrity Bounty Hunter joins fight against Bail Reform in California

Dog the Bounty Hunter and Beth Chapman, best known for their reality TV Show have joined the fight against bail reform in California voicing opposition to Assembly Bill 42 which would drastically change the bail system.  The bill, introduced by Rob Bonta of Oakland, would limit the ability of judges to place bail as a condition of release.  The bill passed the public safety committee...

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Apr 2017

SFV Burglary Gang Suspects held on $120k Bail

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department believes that they have caught a gang of men responsible for a number of burglaries across Los Angeles.  The men were arrested in Santa Barbara after they were believed to have been involved in two similar burglaries in the coastal town.  The men between 20 and 27 years old were charged with a number of crimes including suspicion of...

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Apr 2017

Bail Reduced for Former Stockton Mayor

Former Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva had his bail reduced from $1 million to $350,000 last month by a San Joaquin County judge.  He was arrested on March 5 at San Francisco International Airport for allegedly stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars that was intended for the Stockton Boys and Girls Club and the Kids Club.  The Former Stockton Mayor was the executive director of the...

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Mar 2017

The Importance of Bail

Today, bail has gotten a bad rap.  A really bad rap.  If something is wrong with the criminal justice system, it must be bail.  The reality is that bail plays an important role in our criminal justice system.  It is crucial and has been since our nation was founded.  It was so important that the founders felt it prudent to include a right to reasonable...

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23

Mar 2017

Bail set at $10k for Woman Who Allegedly Abandoned Child at Grocery Store

Food-4-Less security cameras appear to show Chiengkham “Cindy” Vilaysane abandoning her 2-year-old daughter at the grocery store in Riverside, California earlier this month.  The story caught national attention because of it’s unusual nature.  According to police reports, the toddler wandered off shortly after entering the store with her mother.  A good Samaritan then brought the child to Vilaysane who allegedly responded, “Oh just leave her.” ...

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Mar 2017

Bail Agents Allowed to Defend California’s Bail System in Federal Lawsuit

A federal judge has granted the California Bail Agents Association to defend the California Bail System in a federal lawsuit challenging its constitutionality.  The lawsuit was filed in San Francisco against San Francisco Sheriff Vicki Hennessy.  Last week, U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez allowed the Bail Agents Association the right to defend the current bail system.  Equal Justice Under Law filed the suit against the...

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Mar 2017

The Unexpected Cost of Bail Reform

Why Victim’s Rights are being left out of the Equation Recently, Nina Salarno Besselman, President of Crime Victims United, addressed the California Department of Insurance regarding bail reform.  She is a respected crime victims advocate and former Deputy District Attorney.  Her organization, Crime Victims United is based in California giving a voice to victims who are often overlooked by the criminal justice system.  The organization...

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Mar 2017

Orange County District Attorney Speaks about the Need for Bail

Orange County District Attorney, Tony Rackauckas recently addressed the California Department of Insurance regarding bail.  He was the first speaker in a panel labeled “Options for Reform of California’s Bail System.”  Mr. Rackauckas introduced himself with a brief synopsis of his 40-year career in the criminal justice system including work as a judge, prosecutor, defense attorney and now elected position as the county’s district attorney. ...

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Feb 2017

Diagnosing the Problem – A Look at Bail in California

Jeffrey Clayton of the American Bail Coalition addresses the California Insurance Commissioner Jeffrey Clayton of the American Bail Coalition recently addressed Dave Jones, California Insurance Commissioner, regarding bail in California.  In an eloquent plea to lawmakers and the commissioner, Mr. Clayton addresses the true issues underlying a broken criminal justice system.  Diagnosing the problem requires a deeper analysis and a deeper understanding of where the...

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Feb 2017

‘Ramsay Tha Great’ held on $70k Bail in Pimping Charges

Brandon Christopher Ramsay, “Ramsay Tha Great” was arrested on felony charges of pimping/  The 24-year-old music producer was arraigned on the charges in an Orange County Superior Court earlier this month and pleaded not guilty to the pimping and pandering charges.  Bail was set at $70,000.  Ramsay elected to stay in jail in lieu of posting the amount. The charges come after the Orange County...

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