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Musick Jail Expansion Plan Approved

Posted on December 7th, 2011 by Tonya Page

The plan to expand the James A. Musick Jail was given the go-ahead on Tuesday by Orange County supervisors. Sheriff Sandra Hutchens was given permission to apply to a California state for a $100 million grant.

The planned expansion is going to add another 512 beds to the Musick Jail. In the past, expansion attempts have been met with lawsuits and protests. Officials from the Sheriff’s Department have assured the county that the jail will only hold minimum security inmates.

There are still many who are critical of the expansion, seeing it as the first step in expanding the jail from a 1,250-bed facility to a 7,500 bed facility over time. Councilman Jeff Lalloway fears that the county has plans to set up a full-scale prison in the middle of the community.

Sheriff’s officials point to the recent realignment as Read more »

Burbank Police Department Makes Arrest Logs Public

Posted on December 6th, 2011 by Tonya Page

Burbank Police DepartmentThe Burbank Leader has reported that the Burbank Police Department has made its daily arrest logs available on the city’s website.  Those wishing to search for arrest info prior to that time needed to go to the police station to obtain it. Sources say this is just another step in an effort to allow better communication between police personnel and the residents they serve.

This, however, is not the first time a police department has embraced this type of technology.  The Glendale Police Department has arrest logs dating back to late 2010 available on its website, they said.

Acting Police Chief Scott LaChasse told the Leader that making Burbank arrest reports available on-line had been a long-time goal of the department and that personally had been working toward it since Jan. 2010.

The Department said the information is updated every 24-hours and is done via computer program.  The program, created by a crime analyst, pulls information logged at the jail when arrest information is logged into the system.

LaChasse said this is just the first step in further opening channels of communication between the Burbank Police Department and community members.  Social media access, he said, will likely be utilized as a means of “pushing information out”.

He is hopeful that the community will provide feedback so the department can “incorporate the community’s needs”.  By having a better understanding of the every-changing scope of what it is the community requires, he said, he believes the Department will be better able to serve residents.

From a bail bonds industry perspective, these types of arrest logs tend to be used for malicious purposes by unscrupulous bondsmen. Working in an illegal as well as unethical manner, bail companies can “mine” the arrest logs and Read more »

What Happens to the Money After a Bail Bond is Posted?

Posted on December 2nd, 2011 by Tonya Page

Here is another bail related question from Yahoo! Answers, where we often answer to bail related topics.

Question: I was arrested and never charged. I bailed out prior to going before the judge. What happens to the money that was paid to the bail bondsman?  According to the county website there are no charges and the case was dismissed.

Answer:  Unfortunately, this is not an uncommon situation.  The money paid to the bondsman is a non-refundable fee, regardless of the outcome of the case or even if charges have not been filed. By California bail law, the bondsman fully earns the bail bond fee once the bond has been posted and the defendant is released from jail. Basically, it’s what you pay to get out of jail while the court and district attorney decide what’s next.

Occupy Camps In LA Cleared Out By Police

Posted on December 1st, 2011 by Tonya Page

Los Angeles protesters were forced to abandon their two-month old camps this week after unsuccessful attempts to get court injunctions allowing them to stay.

Hundreds of police raided the Los Angeles camp shortly after midnight on Wednesday declaring it to be an “unlawful assembly”, furthering that occupiers had 10 minutes to clear out or be subject to arrest. Close to 300 were arrested and approximately 100 were taken to the Van Nuys Jail and the rest were taken to the LAPD Metro Central Jail.  Bail for each of the defendants was set at $5,000.

According to a report by MSNBC approximately 25 tons of debris was hauled away from lawns surrounding City Hall.

Family members moved quickly in an attempt to bail out loved ones but due to the mass influx of arrestees, booking and processing times were delayed.  Los Angeles Police Department Public Information Officer Andrew Smith said that the arrests were “largely peaceful” in nature.  Chief Charlie Beck has been quoted as saying the raid went “as well as could be expected.”

Law enforcement officials are hopeful that positive reports as to how the mission was handled will Read more »

Otay Mesa Jail To Get 12% Of Its Power From Solar Panels

Posted on December 1st, 2011 by Tonya Page

San Diego Sheriffs Officials Monday flipped the switch on a one-megawatt solar energy system at the East Mesa Detention Facility in Otay Mesa.

NBC San Diego has reported that the panels are expected to “produce 1.6 million kilowatt-hours of energy in the first year alone” and is anticipated to save the county approximately $1.3 million “over the next 20 years.”

San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said that San Diego jails need lots of energy because they are 24-7 operations.

The panels were purchased and installed by SunEdison, who is cited as being the owner of the system. SunEdison has said it is the largest solar-energy source located at any San Diego County-owned facility.

The solar canopies have been installed as a heat-shield system above the jail’s parking lot, allowing visitors’ cars to remain shaded while they visit friends and loved ones.  San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox, whose district includes Otay Mesa, said that what was once a bare parking lot is now able to generate energy “whenever the sun is shining”.

Although SunEdison will retain ownership of the power generated by the PV panels, it has committed to sell energy to the County at a rate below market value for the next two decades.   Because of this, Cox said, the panels are a “win-win for everyone”.

The East Mesa Jail houses Read more »

Paying A Bondsman When Found Not Guilty?

Posted on November 27th, 2011 by Tonya Page

Today’s bail related question comes from Yahoo! Answers.

QuestionWhen I was arrested, I was bailed out a week later with the help of a bail bondsman.  My dad  is paying $400 per month on my bail of $15,000.  Does my dad still have to pay the bail bondsman even if I am found not guilty?  It is important to me to have a better understanding of this because I have put my dad in a position that is not easy for him.

Answer:  Unfortunately,  regardless of the outcome of your case, the money is still owed to the bondsman.  By law, the bondsman’s fee is earned as soon as you are released from jail. The bondsman cannot legally give you or your dad a refund.

The cost of bail bonds in California is typically 10% of the full bail amount in most states, so it is likely your dad has arranged for a payment plan on a fee of $1,500.  This fee is paid so that you can remain out of jail while you await your trial.

It is important that your dad continues to pay so that it does not result in Read more »

LA County Jails To Need Billion Dollar Renovation

Posted on November 25th, 2011 by Tonya Page

Recent charges of inmate abuse and mistreatment could cost Los Angeles County $1.4 billion.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the County Board of Supervisors could be asked to approve the replacement of the downtown Men’s Central Jail and the addition of space to the LASD Pitchess Jail.

Law enforcement officials in LA County agree that out-of-date Men’s Central facility makes it challenging for guards to adequately supervise inmates.  The plan also proposes adding approximately 400 beds to the Pitchess Detention Center, which could help offset additional capacity being seen due to California’s recently approved prison realignment program.

Proponents of the expenditure, such as LA County Sheriff Lee Baca, say that annual operating costs would be Read more »

San Diego County Sheriff To Increase Crime Fighting Efforts This Holiday Season

Posted on November 24th, 2011 by Tonya Page

San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said members of the Sheriff’s Department will be actively patrolling county streets this holiday weekend and will be keeping close lookout for impaired drivers. Those violating traffic violations due to speeding, as well as those not wearing seat belts, will be carefully monitored as well.

Gore points out that seat belts have “saved more lives than any other single piece of automotive safety equipment,” he said, “but in order for them to work they have to be used.”

He’s also urging to drivers to think twice before drinking and driving, and to consider designating a sober driver before embarking on a night out. Statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that Thanksgiving is the day when heavy traffic, drinking, and long-distance car trips combine to create fatal travel conditions.

The Sheriff’s Department further requests Read more »

California Prison Realignment Has Its Positives

Posted on November 22nd, 2011 by Tonya Page

In a Nov. 19 editorial in the Modesto Bee, newspaper staff point out that it may still be too soon to see how much of an impact the state’s jail realignment plan will have on local communities.

Public fear, they said, is due largely in part to irresponsible politicians and other parties who are in strong opposition to the plan.  Some politicians, whose offices are up for reelection in 2012, may be playing on fears spawned by state realignment as a campaign tactic.  That may also need to be taken into consideration.

Until more is seen regarding how local leaders deal with the influx of low-level, non-serious and non-sexual offenders into County jails, they say, a premature decision as to whether the plan is a good, or bad idea, is just that.

Regardless as to where one falls on the “good idea / bad idea” fence, the fact of the matter is Read more »

Humboldt County Jail

Posted on November 22nd, 2011 by Tonya Page

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Humboldt County Jail
826 Fourth St.
Eureka, Ca 95501
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The Humboldt County Custody Service Bureau is responsible for administering the Humboldt County Jail. The bureau employs 131 full-time employees, 116 of which are Correctional Officers for the facility. Humboldt County Jail houses both pre-trial and sentenced inmates and is rated to hold up to 411 inmates.

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