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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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16

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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09

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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02

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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23

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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16

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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08

Feb 2017

Bail set at $2 Million in Stockton Fatal Rollover Crash

43-year-old Albert Julian Flores was arrested and charged with driving under the influence in a fatal drunk driving crash that killed his passenger.  According to authorities the passenger was ejected from the vehicle after it drifted right, leaving the roadway and colliding with the guardrail.  The 2010 Jeep flipped ejecting the 46-year-old passenger who was not wearing a seatbelt according to the San Joaquin County...

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02

Feb 2017

Elimination of Cash Bail Could Be Dangerous

Two California lawsuits regarding the current bail system are set for hearings next week.  Bail agents will act on behalf of San Francisco to uphold the current bail system.  California Insurance Department Commissioner Dave Jones heard from Equal Justice Under Law regarding the current bail system.  He is tasked with introducing a policy to the legislature within the next 2 to 3 months but wants...

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26

Jan 2017

Bail Revoked in Rapper’s Bodyguard Murder Case

Shortly before Rapper T.I. was going to perform, Daryl Campbell (Taxstone) allegedly killed bodyguard Ronald McPhatter.  The bodyguard to rapper Troy Ave was shot at New York City’s Irving Plaza on May 25th.  Troy Ave was not indicted in charges related to the death. Prosecutors believe that the host of podcast “Tax Season” shot the bodyguard during a blowup over the suicide of Capital Steez. ...

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