But Griffis said he would also advocate for the Ector County Commissioners’ Court to act on a long-discussed plan to allow the county to act as a bonding entity, which would allow more inmates to bond out of jail but remain under county oversight, alleviating the jail population.
The bail industry, already under siege because of changes in the pretrial release system for people charged with crimes, says it will be in a fight for its economic life when the state Legislature convenes Tuesday.
Monday October 26, the committee of The Council of Presidents from PBUS met in Grapevine, Texas at the Hilton Hotel DFW Lakes. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the effects of pre-trial services to the bail industry throughout the United States; develop a plan to combat negative press and counter the miss information that is being presented by the different non-profit organizations. PBT’s newly elected President Glenn Meeker and Vice-President Bo Jones got their first taste of National politics, as they took their seat at the PBUS Council of Presidents table.
Texas was well represented by current PBT President Glenn Meeker and Vice–President Bo Jones. Others in attendance were Past Presidents Ronnie Long, John McCluskey and Scott Walstead. In addition, Tarrant County Bondsmen Paul Schuder and Oren Stem were present.
The day and a half meeting had guest speakers Eric Grandoff of AIA, Jeff Clayton of ABC and Beth Chapman on social media. The attending members of the Council of Presidents produced a list of remedies to be considered by the four committees formed to gather information and make recommendations for the Council of Presidents on how to confront the issues relating to Pre-Trial Release. PBT has a January, 2016 planning meeting scheduled in Austin, there will be a report on the progress of Council of President meeting.
States being represented were: Arkansas, California, Florida, Kansas, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma
On the 31st July, a man named Nolan Potter stole a bail bondsman’s car, driving it away at speeds of up to 115 miles per hour, before crashing it minutes later.
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Posted: Monday, August 18, 2014 4:30 am
Bell County′s bail bond companies feeling squeezed
By Alex Wukman | FME News Service Killeen Daily Herald
BELTON — To hear bail bond companies tell it, Bell County′s use of personal recognizance bonds is putting the squeeze on them.
“Over the last five or six years the number of people on personal recognizance bonds has tripled,” said Robin Reese, president of the Bell County Bail Bond Board. “My felony business has dropped off the map.”
Reese, who owns and operates Strike Three Bail Bonds, claimed his business is so hurt by the county′s use of personal recognizance bonds that he doesn′t “get a bond on a weekend.”
“I used to get 10 to 12 bonds a weekend,” Reese said.
Gina Williams, an employee at Quick Bail Bonds, said she believes the county′s use of personal recognizance bonds helped close some of the bail bond businesses in Bell County.
“I′ve seen companies go out of business because of personal recognizance bonds,” Williams said, adding that downtown Belton “used to be lined with bail bond companies, not anymore.”
Since 2008, the number of bond companies in Bell County dropped from 22 to 12, Reese said.
“It′s a case of the government unfairly competing with the small business owner,” Reese said. “And when they ramped this up, I had several commissioners tell me they weren′t going to be competing with commercial bond companies.”
Precinct 1 Commissioner Richard Cortese said he thinks the bail bond companies′ complaints are a little overblown.
“We arrest between 1,200 and 1,400 people a month,” Cortese said. “About 150 people a month get personal recognizance bonds. There are still a lot of people in jail who need to be bonded out.”
Many of the bond companies that closed during the last six years did so because of bad business practices, Cortese said. “The bond board pulled some of their licenses,” he said.
Another complaint from the bond companies comes because the county′s indigent defense staff is processing individuals for personal recognizance bonds faster than commercial companies can take applications, which results in bond companies having to issue refunds.
“Every week I have to give somebody back $1,000 because of a personal recognizance bond,” Reese said. “Why even arrest someone if you are going to let them sign their name and say I′ll show up in court when you tell me?”
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