But according to a story, after numerous complaints about the sometimes aggressive tactics used by these agents, the jail has banned them from public areas at the jail, including the in-custody courtroom and lobby, where most bail agents get their business.
Dakota County Jail Commander, John Grant, told reporters that in recent months, it was getting to the point that bail agents were "fighting over clients."
In the report, Grant said agents would actually arrive hours before an inmate's first court appearance and lobby their friends and family to sell them bail bonds.
In addition, the story said female agents would dress inappropriately, in bikini tops and mini-skirts, while trying to attract bond business.
Meanwhile, Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows said the new restrictions aren't going anywhere, with the story saying its "solved problems (and) improved the public jail environment."
But bond agents are crying foul, the story said, with some suggesting all are being punished for a few bad apples.
Jennifer Ahlberg, a bonding agent for 25 years, told reporters that competition in Dakota County has been fierce because the courts typically set high bail amounts with a lower risk since the county is more affluent.
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