Feb. 15, 2012
-- Bob Miller, the owner/operator of Orange County Bail Bonds based in Santa Ana, California, is pleased to announce his participation with the Orange County Community Correction Programs (CCP) a committee that includes District Attorney Tony Rackaukas, Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, the Director of the OC Probation Department, the head of the Public Defender’s office, representatives of Mental Health Department and Presiding Judge Thomas Borris. This committee was formed as part of California State Legislation AB 109, also known as The Prison Realignment Program. This legislation went into effect on October 1, 2011; it establishes new rules and sentencing guidelines for the housing of prisoners, many of who, in the past, have been sentenced to State Prison, but are now being forced on our California County Jails
Mr. Miller and Sean Cook, Treasurer and President respectively of the Orange County Bail Bond Agents
Association (OCBAA) were in attendance for previous CCP meetings and OCBAA has been invited back to participate in offering solutions to many of the problems effecting the county by the implementation of California bill AB 109. The OCBAA hopes to show the committee that Commercial Bail solutions can help alleviate jail overcrowding and, more importantly, are at no cost to taxpayers.
Under California’s new “realignment”
plan (AB 109), more than 30,000 state prison inmates are being transferred to the local level where the responsibility for low-risk inmates shifts from the State of California to the county jails. The Supreme Court found that overcrowding in jails is a violation of the Constitutional rights of prisoners. AB 109 proposes a prison realignment, to solve the Supreme Court’s mandate and to reduce state costs to incarcerate prisoners. Since 10% of California’s budget goes to pay for its prison system, the idea is that AB 109 will free up billions in the state budget.
In theory relieving overcrowded state prisons saves the state money, but that does not mean jails will not become overcrowded. Many county jails already face court orders to relieve overcrowding. The influx of additional state inmates with no guarantee of long-term funding to build and support additional capacity will only intensify the problem. Bail can help relieve jail overcrowding. Surety bail preserves constitutional rights, and doesn’t cost taxpayers a dime.
According to Mr. Miller, owner of Orange County Bail Bonds, bail bondsman
work with families, friends and loved ones of the inmates to create a “community”
that helps and supports the defendant to make his court appearances, reduces the chance that they commit another crime and we do it at no expense to the County or the taxpayer. The surety bail system requires personal responsibility and financial liability. When someone on bail then skips bail, criminals are then apprehended by bail bondmen, relieving law enforcement of this duty. Furthermore, by requiring bail money often given by family members and friends, the offender out on bail is more motivated to stay out of jail because of the financial stake in his or her good behavior. Surety bail also helps reduce recidivism. Friends and family who lose bail money on someone will not pay it again. An offender who skips bail and knows he or she will never be bailed out again is less willing to commit another offense.
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Orange County Bail Bonds is a family-owned and operated bail bond business, headquartered in Santa Ana, CA, with nearly 50 years providing bail bonds services throughout Orange County, Los Angeles County, and San Diego. Nationwide service is available.