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How Can I Become a Bounty Hunter

Posted on August 31st, 2011 by Tonya Page

Here is another question from Yahoo! Answers where this was chosen as the “Best Answer” by the asker, ClintonB.

Question:  I would like to get some information on how to become a bounty hunter.  I would be working in Minnesota and there are no special regulations or laws in Minnesota regarding bail bondsmen or “bounty Hunters”.  All I have to do is apply at the Department of Commerce and be approved to get licensed as a surety.

My question is how do I apply with the Department of Commerce in Minnesota and  is there any other red tape needed to go through to do this?   In other words, where do I start?  Any information that would help a beginner like me would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:  You are very wise to be looking on a state-by-state basis. Bail licensing is on a state-wide basis. You will want to start by contacting the agency that regulates bail in your state regarding licensing.

When it comes to being a “bounty hunter,” or more accurately a fugitive recovery agent, it is important to be knowledgeable in every state. Most people don’t skip bail and stay within the neighborhood — they “run”. And, for those who do stay at home, the bondsman is not really in need a bounty hunter.

My best advice is to find a reputable bounty hunter and work for him or her. Bail bondsmen are taking on liabilities when they contract with a bounty hunter; we want a known quantity therefore a brand new bounty hunter is likely to have difficulty finding work.

I wish you luck in your venture!

If you have a bail related question, Ask The Bondsman.

San Benito County Jail

Posted on August 29th, 2011 by Tonya Page

General Information

San Benito County Jail
710 Flynn Rd.
Hollister, CA 95023
Phone: 831-636-4060
Bail Bonds in San Benito County

The Corrections Division of the Sheriff’s Department administers the San Benito County Jail. The  28,000 square foot facility is rated to hold up to 124 inmates at one time. Inmate workers are assigned to various county agencies to assist with work projects. The Corrections Division consists of 32 correctional deputies, sergeants and administrative and maintenance staff.

The jail houses two maximum-security modules that house a maximum of 27 inmates each and two medium security modules that houses a maximum of  35 inmates each.  All female inmates are housed in two separate housing units- 8 in maximum security, and 10 in medium security. The facility averages an inmate population of approximately 100 inmates at once.

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Tulare County Detention Facilities

Posted on August 25th, 2011 by Tonya Page

General Information

Bail Bonds for Tulare County

The Detention-Operations Division maintains safe and secure handling of the inmates and facilities in Tulare County Jails, including the Main Jail, Bob Whiley Detention Facility, Men’s Correctional Facility, Adult Pre-Trial Facility, Day Reporting Center and Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program.

The Detention- Administration/ Court Services Division administers the facility compliance, food and laundry services, jail industries, internal affairs, inmate programs and transport for the county’s jail facilities.

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Mono CountyJail

Posted on August 24th, 2011 by Tonya Page

General Information

Mono County Jail
25 Emigrant St.
Bridgeport, CA 93517
Phone: 760-932-7549
Bail Bonds for Mono County Jail

When someone is arrested in Mono County, they will be taken to the Mono County Jail for booking. The booking process includes photographs, fingerprinting,  a background check and a nationwide warrant search.   The inmates bail may set for bailable offenses according to the county bail schedule.

Bail may also be set by the judge at the time of an arraignment.  When determining bail, the judge will consider any prior offenses and flight risk.  The judge may also decide to release the defendant on his own recognizance (OR) or remand them to custody without setting bail.

The defendant remains in custody at the jail until their release. Any personal property that the defendant has on them at the time of arrest will be stored until they are released.

Inmates also have the option to release their property to a friend or family member by signing a property release form. Anyone collecting an inmate’s property must have valid photo identification.

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What Do You Do When a Relative Is Arrested For Hitting Someone?

Posted on August 21st, 2011 by Tonya Page

This question comes from Yahoo! Answers where we will frequently answer to bail related topics.

Question:  My brother was just arrested for broking a glass bottle over one of his friend’s head.  The person who got hit is not injured much, but my brother is now in jail. What can I do to get him out?   He is just about 24 years old and does not have a criminal record.  I know that I have to pay some money to get him out.  How much do I have to pay?  What is the difference between a bond and bail?   Once he is released and out of jail what do we do?   What do we have to do so that he is not taken back into custody.  I am concerned because he is attending college.

Answer:  This is a  fairly common case.  Bail is generally set by a county bail schedule. If you use a bail bondsman for a “bond” you will pay a non-refundable fee.  This fee is generally 10% of the total bail amount. You have the option to pay the entire amount of the bail also know as cash “bail”, you will get your money back once the case is complete.

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Yuba County Jail

Posted on August 15th, 2011 by Tonya Page

General Information

Yuba County Jail
215 5th St
Marysville, CA 95901
Bail Bonds for Yuba County Jail

The Yuba County Sheriff’s Department Jail Division is responsible for the administration and operation of the county jail.  It is up to the jail staff  to maintain a safe and secure environment for inmates.

On a contract basis the jail also houses Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees to help generate more revenue for the county.

The facility was built in 1962 and renovated in the 1990s, the Yuba County Jail has the capacity to house 428 inmates. The daily population on average is 374, with approximately 160 of them being ICE detainees.

The jail houses sentenced inmates as well as those awaiting trial or sentencing.  A variety of programs are offered to the inmates, such as a medical clinic, a full kitchen, and recreational activities. They also have the opportunity to exercise, shop in the commissary, visitation, and use of the law library, inmate education, work programs and furloughs.

Rehabilitative training for inmates is strongly emphasized.  They are also given vocational training in  janitorial services, construction, and life skills. Drug and alcohol counseling is also offered as well as General Education courses, anger management and stress management.

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The Yuba County Sheriff’s Department maintains a visiting policy to Read more »

Why Bail Bonds Work

Posted on August 10th, 2011 by Tonya Page

Ask The Bondsman answers questions regarding bail bonds. Here’s a question we received this week:

Question: I’m reading in various states there is some question about bail bonds as a whole. Would the states really do away with bondsmen? If the state takes the 10% and the person doesn’t show up, then what??

Answer: Yes, some states are considering moving bail to the public sector. I find that particularly interesting because of the move to privatize so many industries over the years. Let’s face it, when an individual’s livelihood is on the line, the job usually gets done right.

Beyond jobs, we need to look at public safety as well as public revenues. The bail industry works beautifully. There is one simple answer Read more »

El Dorado County Jail – South Lake Tahoe

Posted on August 5th, 2011 by Tonya Page

General Information

South Lake Tahoe Jail
1051 Al Tahoe Blvd.
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Phone: 530-573-3031
Bail Bonds for El Dorado County Jail

Anyone arrested in the vicinity of South Lake Tahoe will be taken to the El Dorado County Jail- South Lake Tahoe facility for the booking process. This jail has the capacity to house 158 inmates.  Both male and female inmates, sentenced and pre-sentenced, are held here.

The booking process will consist of fingerprinting and photographs, a background check and nationwide warrant search. Booking may take an hour or more, depending on how busy the  jail is at the time someone is brought in. A bail amount will be set according to the El Dorado County bail schedule for bailable offenses.

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Monday Thru Saturday – 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Wednesday And Thursday – 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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El Dorado County Jail – Placerville

Posted on August 4th, 2011 by Tonya Page

General Information

Placerville Jail
300 Forni Rd.
Placerville, CA 95667
Phone: 530-621-6000
Bail Bonds for Placerville Jail

Any person arrested in El Dorado County will be held in custody at one of the two detention facilities in the county one is Placerville, the other facility is the South Lake Tahoe jail.

Anyone arrested in the area near Placerville will be taken to this facility for booking.  The facility has the capacity to house 265 sentenced and presentenced inmates for both men and women

The Custody Division of the El Dorado Sheriff’s Office maintains the care and custody of the inmates as well as building a structured environment providing them the opportunity for self-improvement by offering programs and services.

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Private Firm Running Costa Mesa Jail Could Save City Money

Posted on August 3rd, 2011 by Tonya Page

If the city of Costa Mesa decides to contract the running of the city jail with an international security firm, they could see a savings of more than $600,000 each year.

The firm called G4S Secure Solutions responded to Costa Mesa’s call for bids to run the city jail. The Newport Beach Jail also entered a bid, but only for housing inmates at its own facility.

G4S placed a bid that suggested they could operate the jail for $364,640 a year. This is a drastic reduction in the amount the city currently spends to run the facility, $1.3 million.

It is likely, though, that the company will have to double the number of people working at the facility than previously thought which will raise the cost to $614,000, according to a staff report at the City Council meeting on Tuesday. This would still be a reduction of Read more »

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