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A year-long investigation into the bail bond industry by the Dallas Morning News focused on the relationship between bail bondsmen, the judicial system, and the county government. The investigation uncovered corrupt practices, sweetheart deals, and dysfunctional oversight that cost taxpayers many millions of dollars.
The Strong Arm of the Law: They call themselves 'bail enforcement agents,' but most know them as bounty hunters, people paid to collar recalcitrant, usually petty, criminals. But sometimes they miss.Story explains how bounty hunters can sometimes use extreme measures to arrest a person who owes bail money. Article also talks about Rep. Asa Hutchinson's (an Arkansas Republican) calls for a "Citizen Protection Act" or "Bounty Hunter Responsibility Act" because sometimes bounty hunters make mistakes, or act inappropriately.
Since 1992 in Kanawha Circuit Court, 247 people have violated bail requirements, but the county prosecutor rarely collects money on forfeited bail. The Gazette examines how this situation creates a low-risk to no-risk business for the county's four professional bail bondsmen. (Sept. 12, 1996)
Tulsa (Okla.) Tribune publishes reprint on abuses by bail bondsmen in Oklahoma.