People don’t like to get locked up. When someone has posted bond, they want to stay free. The problem? Bondsmen want the defendant back behind bars even more than the bonded wants their freedom.

While jurisdictions start to take a look at alternatives to ‘cash-only’ bail, reform advocates are already raising red flags about the implementation of ‘risk-assessment’ tools.

While California implements a new law allowing for no-cash bail, Nevada, its neighbor, and other states are watching to see if they want to make a similar move. The change in the law, in the states where it is permitted, can allow the poor to enter a pre-release program instead of spending months or years behind bars where they rot away waiting on trial dates.

A bail bondsman is a good friend when a person is arrested and faces the prospect of spending months behind bars while waiting for a court date. What happens when the guardians of freedom are themselves in legal jeopardy?

Giving the accused the chance to keep working, or find jobs, moves the justice system closer to desperately needed reform, protects the rights of the accused and saves taxpayer money.

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