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02

Mar 2018

Joshua Tree Couple Held on $100k Bail for Willful Cruelty to Children

A husband and wife were arrested after sheriffs discovered their three children had been living in a box in the desert for years.  The three children, 11, 13 and 14 were living in a plywood box for the past 4 years.  They were found without sufficient good according to Children and Family Services.  Mona Kirk, 51, and Daniel Panico, 73, were both arrested on suspicion...

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Feb 2018

New Jersey Bail Reform Hits Hurdles

When people talk about bail reform success, many point to New Jersey as a glowing example of how it should work.  Unfortunately, all that glitters is not gold.  The Bail Reform and Speedy Trial Act recently has officially been on the books for over a year.  To its credit, the Act has helped to reduce jail population by over 20%.  Pretrial defendants are released on...

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16

Feb 2018

California Man Charged in Fatal Cyclist Accident Released on $75k Bail

21-year-old Ronnie Ramon Huerta Jr. was allegedly driving on a suspended license when he struck several cyclists participating in a charity ride near Palm Springs.  According to law enforcement, Huerta was going 100 mph in a 55-mph zone when he lost control of his vehicle.  Mark Kristofferson, 49, was fatally injured.  Two other cyclists riding in the 100-mile Tour de Palm Springs were struck suffering...

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08

Feb 2018

New Jersey Ban on Bail has devastating consequences

Many people point to New Jersey as a glowing standard in bail reform.  The reality is that 31-year-old Tiffany Wilson would still be alive if New Jersey had listened to the real concerns presented by law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, judges and other critics of the reform.  Wilson’s boyfriend Kareem Dawson was released on his own recognizance in October and December for domestic violence and weapons...

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01

Feb 2018

Serious Questions Arise about Proposed New Hampshire Bail Reform Bill

Senate Bill 556, Criminal Justice Reform and Economics Act of 2018 , was introduced to the New Hampshire Senate Judiciary Committee in January 2018.  The bill proposes changes to bail setting procedures including releasing most people on their own recognizance without the requirement of a secured bond.  The legislation requires that a court “shall not impose a financial condition that will result in the pretrial...

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Jan 2018

Orange County Judge Says No Bail for Blaze Bernstein Killer

An Orange County Superior Court Judge has ordered the man accused of killing 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein to remain in custody as he awaits his arraignment on February 2.  Sam Woodward is accused of murdering his former high school classmate in a possible “act of rage.”  The University of Pennsylvania pre-med student was about to start his second semester when he was reported missing after January...

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Jan 2018

“House of Horrors” parents held on $9 million bail

According to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, 13 children were found locked up and some shackled to furniture earlier this week in Perris, California.  The “House of Horrors” run by David Turpin and his wife Louise Turpin left their children malnourished and in need of immediate medical attention.  A 17-year-old daughter of the Turpin’s escaped on January 14, 2018 calling 911 from a deactivated cell...

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Jan 2018

Fatal “Swatting” Suspect held without bail

Tyler Raj Barriss is being held without bail after allegedly making a phone call that led to the death of an innocent Kansas man.  Police swarmed Wichita resident Andrew Finch’s home after a hoax call was made saying that a person at the address had killed his father and was holding other members of his family at gunpoint.  Finch, 28, answered the door after police...

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06

Jan 2018

Bail Bond Reform Report Challenged

          Recently a Law Professor at the University of Utah released an analysis and a proposed reform for the United States bail system.   Its purpose was to analyze incarcerations in the United States and to support massive bail reform as a solution. The report concludes that there are two main reasons for incarceration.  One is the inability for persons being detained...

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02

Jan 2018

California’s “Grandfather of Marijuana” Released on Bail

Just weeks before recreational pot use became legal in California, the “Last of the Yippies” Dana Beal was being arrested for trying to transport 22 pounds of marijuana out of Northern California.  Beal, known as the “Grandfather of Marijuana,” has been an avid proponent of medical-marijuana.  He is no stranger to marijuana related arrests.  Beal was previously arrested and convicted of transporting more than 100...

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