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California Inmates Transferred to County Jails

Posted on October 7th, 2011 by Tonya Page

The LAPD and the LA Sheriff’s Department are suddenly finding themselves a bit more stretched. Mandated under the Public Safety Realignment Act of 2011, each of California’s 58 counties, including Los Angeles, will need to take responsibility of certain current and future state prisoners within their jurisdiction.  The Act, also known as AB109, went into effect on Oct. 1.

Under the direction of the Act, non-serious, non-violent and non-sex offenders (known as “non-non-non”) will now serve out their sentences in county jails instead of in state prisons.

Los Angeles Impact

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck, and other city officials point to increased expenses to the city, including the need to hire additional officers.  Additional gang intervention and prevention personnel will also need to be trained, points out Los Angeles gang expert Connie Rice.

Response times for 911 services may also increase, Beck said.

For the average citizen, the question may be “why?”.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) suggests that approximately 7,000 inmates currently sentenced to serve time in state prisons will now be housed within the Los Angels County Jail System.

According to an Aug. 2011 report prepared by the County of Los Angeles Community Corrections Partnership (CCP), the CRCR also projects that “approximately 9,000 offenders will Read more »

What Is An Arraignment Hearing?

Posted on October 7th, 2011 by Tonya Page

When someone is arrested, they will attend an arraignment hearing. This is where they will be informed of the charges against them and enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. For those who have never had to deal with a criminal proceeding, the arraignment procedure can be somewhat confusing.

Here are the reasons for arraignment hearings:

  • Arraignment hearings were an important part of criminal proceedings historically due to the fact that many defendant’s couldn’t read. The District Attorney would Read more »

Amador County Jail

Posted on October 6th, 2011 by Tonya Page

General Information

Amador County Jail
700 Cout St.
Jackson, CA 95642
209-223-6521
Bail Bonds for Amador County

The Amador County Jail houses Both pre-trial and sentenced inmates. All inmates are provided with adequate care.  As an effort to better themselves they are given the opportunity to serve the community. The facility has the capacity to house up to 76 inmates at one time.

Visiting Amador County Jail

The Amador County Jail allows inmates Read more »

San Mateo County to Construct Bigger Jail

Posted on October 5th, 2011 by Tonya Page

County elected officials in San Mateo have voted to build a bigger San Mateo County Jail. Members of the County Board of Supervisors approved the measure in a 4-1 vote on Tuesday, allowing Sheriff Greg Munks to move forward with the proposal. County officials estimate the cost to build the new detention facility will run between $145 million and $160 million.

Although Supervisor Dave Pine had warned that construction of the new jail would put additional stress on a county already facing a $50 million deficit, proponents of the plan pointed out that up to $100 million in state grant funding could be sought.

Pine said that instead of building a bigger jail that the larger focus should be on keeping people out of custody. Sheriff Munks, however pointed out that the current jail is running approximately 30 percent over its intended capacity.  Because of that, he said, additional space was needed.

At its completion the new, three-story Redwood City Jail will Read more »

California County Jails Get Ready for Realignment

Posted on October 4th, 2011 by Tonya Page

With the new realignment that started October 1st, California county jails are preparing for the influx of parolees and nonviolent felons. The US Supreme Court decided that the state had to decrease the prison population by 30,000 inmates in order to reduce the severe overcrowding.

With this new law in place, non-violent offenders and criminals who do not commit sexual crimes, will be housed in county detention facilities instead of state prisons. Upon release, these offenders will be supervised by county probation officers instead of state parole officers.

LA County supervisors are skeptical about the realignment plan, believing it will increase crime and lawsuits in the county. It is also feared that judges will begin handing down shorter sentences in order to avoid severe overcrowding in county jails.

The number of parolees and prisoners will not jump up immediately but increase steadily. It is estimated that by the end of October the county will have nearly 600 new inmates and 120 new parolees.

At the end of four years, it is expected that Los Angeles County Jail will see an additional 8,300 inmates each year. There will be an increased need for Read more »

Can I Be Sued By A Bail Bonds Company?

Posted on October 2nd, 2011 by Tonya Page

Another question from Yahoo! Answers, where we were chosen as “Best Answer” by Voters.

Question:  Is it legal for the bail bonds company to sue me as the co-signer of bond agreement when the case has been dropped?  They have collected hundreds from me already.  Why do I have to pay them more?

Answer:  The basics of bail is that the bail bond agency earns their fee when the person is released from jail. The outcome of the case does not matter: guilty, innocent or no charges ever filed.  In most states, the bail bondsman cannot legally refund you even if he wanted to do so.

It sounds like you made payment plan arrangements for the bail bond fee (often 10% of the full bond amount). That is legally Read more »

Merced County Jail – John Latorraca Facility

Posted on October 1st, 2011 by Tonya Page

General Information

John Latorraca Correctional Facility
2584 W. Sandy Mush Rd.
Merced, CA 95340
Phone: 209-385-7575
Bail Bonds in Merced

The  John Latorraca Correctional Facility houses both sentenced and pre-sentenced inmates.  There are two facilities for Merced, the John Latorraca Correctional Facility and the Main Jail.  The Merced County Sheriff’s Department administers both jails and they also maintain the safety of inmates and staff.  The Merced County arrestees will be transported to one of these detention facilities for booking.  When booked in they will undergo a booking  process that consists of fingerprinting, photographs (mug shot), a background check and nationwide warrant search, this could take several hours to complete.

Visting Rules & Times

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Merced County Jail- Main Jail

Posted on September 29th, 2011 by Tonya Page

General Information

Merced Main Jail
700 W. 22nd St.
Merced, CA 95340
Phone: 209-385-7410
Bail Bonds in Merced

The  Merced County Main Jail houses both sentenced and pre-sentenced inmates.  There are two facilities for  Merced, the Main Jail and the John Latorraca Correctional Facility.  The Merced County Sheriff’s Department is responsible for overseeing both jails and maintains the overall safety of inmates and staff.  The Merced County arrestees will be transported to one of the detention facilities for booking. The booking process consists of fingerprinting, photographs (mug shot), a background check and nationwide warrant search, this could take several hours to complete.

Visiting Rules & Times

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Recent Bail Bonds Scam Not New

Posted on September 26th, 2011 by Tonya Page

Residents of Douglas County, Kansas were warned on last week of a recent bail bonds scam that has been taking place.  A con artist posing as a sheriff’s employee contacted a manager of a local business by phone. They were asked to withdraw cash in the amount of $1,634 and wire the money in order to pay for the employee’s bail bond.  It was mentioned that the employee was arrested for DUI and child endangerment.  After becoming suspicious of the incident, the manager contacted the employee by text, only to find out that they had not been arrested.  Once the con artist was questioned further by the manager, he hung up.

This is a scam that has been going on for some time throughout the country. Anyone who receives this type of call Read more »

What Is The Release Time After Bail Has Been Paid?

Posted on September 22nd, 2011 by Tonya Page

Today’s question comes from Yahoo! Answers, where we often answer to many bail related topics.

Question:  Yesterday morning my boyfriend went to jail.  I paid for his bail downtown at 2:30.  I called the jail at 8:30 and they said he wasn’t gonna be released. What’s going on?

Answer:  You don’t mention which jail it is, but many jails have a release process that takes Read more »

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