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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Tuesday, July 5, 2005

Bail Bond Companies Protest OR Releases

In one Texas town, bail bond companies are objecting to judges releasing defendant on their own recognizance, rather than setting bail.  The jails are crowded, it turns out, and the judges don't want to keep people in custody unless it is necessary to spend the money to do so.  But of course, letting people out to show up on their own cuts into the bail bond business.  What good does it do to have the criminal justice system work, if no one makes a buck? [Jack Chin]

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