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Dec 2015

Laguna Hills Woman Held on $100k Bail after attempting 2nd Car Theft at Same Location

Well, Jennifer Lynn Pollard, 34, is not the brightest little bunny in Laguna Hills or maybe she just doesn’t learn a lesson the first time around. Pollard was arrested on December 2 for allegedly stealing a car from the same Laguna Hills car wash that she had previously stole a vehicle from and was previously arrested on suspicion of auto theft. The previous arrest occurred...

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Dec 2015

Former “Mrs. Orange County” held on $100,000 Bail

Meghan Breanna Alt was arrested for allegedly producing and distributing illicit photos of an underage family member earlier this month. She reigned as the 2014 Mrs. Orange County and eventually competed in the Mrs. California Pageant. In addition to the child pornography charges, Alt is believed to have used Craigslist to have sex for money allegedly engaging in these acts in front of her children....

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Dec 2015

Fixing a Broken System

A look at Bail Reform in America This is not an article about eliminating bail, but this is an article about bail reform – just not the type of reform you might be thinking. Yes, jails are overcrowded – that is undeniable, but the problem is never going to be solved by eliminating a bail system that has worked for decades at a low cost...

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Dec 2015

Chicago Officer accused of 1st Degree Murder in Teen Shooting Posts Bail

Jason Van Dyke who has been accused of 1st Degree Murder in the fatal shooting of young, black teen, Laquan McDonald posted bail on Monday. The bail was set by an Illinois judge at $1.5 million. Van Dyke came under scrutiny when he shot McDonald a reported 16 times in 15 seconds. Many believe that the shooting follows a long line of racially motivated killings...

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Nov 2015

Drunken Uber Passenger Who Attacked Driver Released on Bail

It just keeps getting worse for 32-year-old Benjamin Golden after a drunken Uber ride went viral. Golden caught a ride through Uber in Costa Mesa. During the ride, which was recorded by a dash cam video, Golden can be seen sliding from side-to-side, unable to give the driver confirmation of where to be dropped off. Golden then becomes violent toward the driver slapping him repeatedly...

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Nov 2015

Considering the Aftermath of Ending Cash Bail in San Francisco

Recently, Equal Justice Under Law, a non-profit organization, filed a class action lawsuit seeking to end the cash bail system in San Francisco. The organization says that it is fighting “systemic inequalities” in the legal system and that San Francisco’s bail system is a “wealth-based detention scheme.” The lawsuit takes aim at cash bail claiming that it is responsible for a two-class system – one...

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Nov 2015

How New York’s Chief Judge got it Wrong on Bail Reform

New York’s Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman recently announced that he would take the matter of bail reform into his own hands. During an address to the Citizens Crime Commission in Manhattan, Judge Lippman, stated that the bail system “punishes people for being poor.” He urges judges to set bail at lower amounts and to use bail alternatives such as electronic monitoring. Lippman has been an...

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12

Nov 2015

How do prisoners get transferred to a different jail?

A lot of factors are kept in mind when transferring a prisoner to another jail. Obviously when a prisoner is locked up in a jail he is in the most miserable circumstances. He cannot meet his family or friends. It is due to this reason that many people try to post for jail transfer requests. However most of the time these are refused. There are...

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09

Nov 2015

Who Sets Bail?

The Bail Schedule and How Judges Set Bail Judges will typically set bail according to a bail schedule. Bail Schedules are set by county and fix a bail amount depending on the crime the person is arrested for. A judge may lower or raise the bail amount depending on the circumstances of the case and the circumstances of the particular defendant. A bail schedule for...

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