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Madera County Jail

Posted on September 19th, 2011 by Tonya Page

General Information

Madera County Jail
14191 Road 28
Madera, CA 93638
Phone: 559-675-7951
Bail Bonds for Madera

Anyone arrested in Madera County will likely be brought to the Madera County Jail for booking and processing. This detention facility houses both male and female inmates.

The Department of Corrections is responsible for overseeing the Madera County Jail.  The staff is committed to providing a safe and secure facility.  All inmates will be treated lawfully, humanely, and professionally in a way that will instill confidence in members of the community.

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What is a Bail Bond?

Posted on September 15th, 2011 by Tonya Page

This question comes from Yahoo! Answers.  This is where you will find that we often answer bail related questions.

Question:  What is a bail bond

Answer:  Most simply put: a bail bond is a written and legally binding contract securing bail for a person that was arrested. The contract signer, also known as the “Indemnitor,” is responsible for the fee stipulated in the contract.  Most often the fee is 10% of the full bail amount.  The person signing is also ensuring the defendant’s appearance in court.

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Tuolumne County Jail

Posted on September 12th, 2011 by Tonya Page

General Information

Tuolumne County Jail
175 Yaney Ave.
Sonora, CA 95370
Phone: 209-533-5844
Bail Bonds for Tuolumne County Jail

The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for overseeing the  jail and maintaining a humane facility, as well as ensuring the safety of employees and the community.

Inmate visitation at this facility must be scheduled in advance by calling between 6:00 am and 12:00 pm on the day of the visit to set an appointment. A visitation schedule can be obtained by calling the jail.

The jail facilitates a telephone debit account program that allows the inmates family and friends to add funds to a telephone debit account. Accounts are linked to the inmate’s ID and can be used to call any telephone number that isn’t blocked by the system.

The jail also facilitates Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.  Inmates are also allowed  access to bible study, the law library and GED training.

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What Happens if I Bail Someone Out of Jail and They Skip Court?

Posted on September 5th, 2011 by Tonya Page

When a friend or family member has been arrested, they may turn to you for help in posting their bail. If you agree to help them, you will have the option to either pay the full bail amount directly to the court or jail, or to use the services of a licensed bail bondsman.

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Napa County Jail

Posted on September 2nd, 2011 by Tonya Page

General Information

Napa County Department of Corrections
1125 Third St.
Napa, CA 94559
Phone: 707-253-4401
Bail Bonds for Napa County Jail

This Napa County Jail is able to house 264 inmates at one time. Both male and females are held at this location. The facility is made up of different housing areas include temporary holding, observation cells, work furlough, general population, administration segregation, protective custody, maximum security, medical unit and solitary confinement.

Medical, mental health and dental services are given by outside providers.  Medical staff  is on duty 24-hours a day.

Inmates are offered several programs while they are in custody at the Napa County Jail. These services include Adult Education, GED, Alcoholics/ Narcotics Anonymous, Anger Management, Parenting, Bible Study, Private/ Group Counseling, Tutoring, etc.

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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.

Visiting San Benito County Jail


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.

Visiting Mono County Jail


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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