Wednesday, August 29, 2018

New California Law Puts Thousands Out Of Business

Liberal fantasies gone wild, as it wasn't the 3 Republicans in the state legislature who made this happen:
California’s newly signed law abolishing money bail makes the livelihoods of thousands of bail bondsmen obsolete – and in Sacramento, which is dotted with colorful figures from the industry, many are frustrated by the move.

There are 3,200 licensed bail bondsmen in the state and the industry accounts for at least 7,000 jobs, according to Maggie Kreins, vice president of the California Bail Agents Association. .

“Bail bondsmen are insurance agents,” said Topo Padilla, president of the Golden State Bail Association and Sacramento bail bondsman. “We issue an insurance policy to the court guaranteeing a person’s appearance in court. If a person fails to appear in court, the bail industry goes out and returns people to the court. If we fail to return the person to court in time, we pay the full amount of the bond"...

“With a stroke of a pen, this bill eliminates the bail bond business,” Topo Padilla said.

SB 10 replaces bondsmen with county-funded teams that are responsible for finding people who don’t show up on their court date.
I wonder how this will turn out.


Jean said...

COUNTY-funded? Who thought that one up? Counties never have any money.

Steve USMA '85 said...

Might need to put bars on the windows & doors. When I first heard this, I thought "How stupid." As I continue to think about this I am glad I am on the opposite side of the Country from this coming debacle. My only hope is that it becomes evident that eliminating bond is a bad idea before my state starts looking at it.

Steve USMA '85 said...

Oh, and interestingly, the article doesn't mention that not only do it put thousands out of a tax-paying job, but it also adds how many hundreds/thousands to the state and county government payroll to find people that miss their court date?