Agents are here more than ever to get their cash-strapped defendants out of jail. Their cheaper rates and willingness to work with financing and other options are on the rise. Though maybe it’s become a public safety issue, some law enforcement now worry.
Recession after recession have driven many bondsmen in the sate of California to require upfront payments that aren’t even close to their 10% mandatory charge. Sometimes, oftentimes, with no collateral. With their defendants and those signing to be financially responsible needing to agree to make up the difference on credit cards or monthly installments.
While completely legal in California, law enforcement officials and politicians believe it undermines the defendants incentive to face justice. The insurance companies who’s money is up for grabs are also concerned about the potential for more bail forfeitures, which are currently already estimated at 5%. High when you consider these are criminals managing to completely avoid court.