Thanks to Arnold and Jerry we have been concentrating on prison “realignment”, the movement of criminals from prison to county jails.

But what happens on the local level—are the cops ARRESTING the criminals?

“In many cities and states, police are overwhelmed with outstanding arrest warrants. In California alone, about two million warrants have gone unserved, according to the winter 2011 issue of the Wilson Quarterly, a Washington, D.C., publication of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Hundreds of thousands of those are for felonies, including ‘thousands of homicides,” according to the center.”

Why haven’t the 2,000,000 unserved warrants been mentioned in the news?  Why are we not told that in San Luis Obispo and other communities people the police no longer arrest criminals?

“And for the first time in one bondsman’s memory, arrest warrants for misdemeanors are not  being enforced.”

In other words, crime is no longer worthy of a police officers attention.  Could this be why crime statistics are going down—the cops no longer deal with them?

The only good news is that we still have the Second Amendment.  Remember, when seconds count, the police are only minutes away—if they show at all.

 

Fewer bail bonds mean more prisoners

By DANIEL BLACKBURN, Cal Coast News,  7/20/12

Fewer San Luis Obispo County arrestees are able to afford bail to get out of jail these days, causing grief for relatives and fiscal woes for local bail bond agents.

One other result is an ongoing and worsening crowding of the county jail, and its growing population of persons charged with more serious felonies.

And for the first time in one bondsman’s memory, arrest warrants for misdemeanors are not being enforced.

“For the first time ever, I think, misdemeanor warrants are being OR’ed (released on their own recognizance) on the spot… no arrests are being made,” said Justin Hendrix, a third generation manager at Smitty’s Bail Bonds in San Luis Obispo. “I have never heard of that before.”

Parents and others are more prone to leave their loved ones behind bars, mainly due to a lack of funds necessary to post bond.

The state’s new prison “realignment” law is having a big impact on bail companies’ bottom line, also. California authorities, in a cost-cutting move, are sending more offenders to county jail rather than to state prison.

And, according to the San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Department, felony arrests are accelerating.

Greg Sullivan, owner of ABC Bonding in SLO, told KSBY recently that he has never seen a period of depressed business like this one.

He had a fully-staffed office, with six full-time agents, but now he runs the business alone. He writes fewer than half of the number of bonds he was doing five years ago. His primary client base is gone.

Felony arrests now call for bail of $20,000, requiring a 10 percent cash payment.

When a defendant fails to appear, an arrest warrant is issued. But if a defendant is released on his own recognizance, little else happens.

In many cities and states, police are overwhelmed with outstanding arrest warrants. In California alone, about two million warrants have gone unserved, according to the winter 2011 issue of the Wilson Quarterly, a Washington, D.C., publication of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Hundreds of thousands of those are for felonies, including ‘thousands of homicides,” according to the center.

There is one bright spot in the picture, according to Hendrix.

“For some reason, we don’t get many bail jumpers,” he said.

 

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HARVEY $TEELE

ju$t do not $how up in the Traffic court$ and then $ee if it work$ there al$o.

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