The Effects of Legalized Marijuana on Crime and Incarceration Rates

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With this last election, as Alaska, Oregon and our nation’s capital joined Washington and Colorado in legalizing marijuana use within their borders. But what about the effects has the legalization of marijuana had on incarceration rates in states where it’s been legalized? Will legalization lower prison populations, ease the strain on law enforcement agencies and help lower crime by allowing law enforcement officers to pursue more serious crimes? Here’s what we’ve discovered, looking both nationwide and to our eastern neighbor Colorado, whose legalization of recreational marijuana use made national headlines last fall:

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Though one would expect to see significant decreases in the number of people arrested for marijuana possession and use after legalization, there have actually been some other areas which have also had surprisingly low statistics for arrests and prosecutions. Whether it’s just the quiet, happy feeling calming the inner road rage or people not going on the road after consuming marijuana, with California, Hawaii and Rhode Island each seeing sharp drops in traffic fatalities after medical marijuana was legalized, according to a Forbes article earlier this year. This is attributed in the Washington Post to a substitution effect, as people substitute marijuana use for alcohol use.

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report prepared by the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission found that in most states where medical marijuana had been legalized, there was either a small increase (1.7% or less), no notable change or a strong decrease (up to 9.2%) in marijuana use following legalization. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper stated in a recent Forbes interview that after six months of legalization, the state hadn’t seen any serious upswing in usage. There has been an increase in “marijuana tourists” in the state, as people traveling to buy marijuana has increased, but this also creates an increase in the economy through related travel expenses such as fuel, lodging and dining.

Legalized Marijuana and Changes in Crime Statistics

After Colorado legalized marijuana last fall, speculation was rampant that the crime rate would increase. A year later, those higher rates have not only not materialized, they’ve actually dropped. According to a recent report by the City of Denver, property crime declined 7.7% and violent crime declined 2.4% when comparing the first ten months of 2013 (before legalization) to the first ten months of 2014 (after legalization). What’s more, this has taken place while making the state what’s estimated to be just shy of $29 million dollars in tax revenues by the end of September to support schools and other initiatives as marijuana tourism becomes more popular.

Where Utah Stands on Legalized Marijuana

There are few proponents of legalization in Utah’s state government, with a few individuals stepping out of the shadows in the name of medical marijuana. In Utah, possession or sale of marijuana or paraphernalia in any amount carries a minimum of a misdemeanor or felony, fines and jail time, and revocation of your driver’s license for six months if convicted. If you need a bail bond company you can trust, contact Bad Boys Bail Bonds, a family-owned professional company open 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

What do you think of the legalization of marijuana? What about the uses of hemp? Tell us in the comments!

 

Police Shootings in Utah Under Public Scrutiny

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Are police officers using excessive force that isn’t justifiable? This question is being asked nationwide, as videos have shown police officers using force to stop victims who are unarmed. In the Utah cases of Danielle Willard, Dillon Taylor, and even the dog named Geist, Utahans are asking if police officers are using excessive force unnecessarily.

Cases of Excessive Force by Police in Utah

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In the Danielle Willard case, Utah police shot Willard during a drug raid after she was reportedly “seen” buying drugs. Some witnesses said Willard tried to “ram” police with her vehicle, though reconstructions of the scene of her death suggested the officer firing the fatal shot stood by Willard’s vehicle, not in front of it. Her death raises the questions of whether police take too many liberties with their power and why there is a lack of transparency in the Salt Lake City Police Department. Salt Lake City District Attorney Sim Gill ruled the shooting and Willard’s death as “not justifiable” after officers’ accounts were not consistent with evidence presented. Officers claimed there were drugs in her system, but no drugs were found and tire marks at the scene did not support the theory Willard peeled out at the scene. There was no evidence that Willard attempted to harm officers. Her 2012 death isn’t the first time doubt has been cast on the actions of officers in the Salt Lake City police force.

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Dillon Taylor

Police appeared in riot gear and one was wearing a body camera when they confronted Dillon Taylor. Taylor had been described by witnesses as having robbed a convenience store. But, he was wearing headphones and couldn’t clearly hear officers’ requests to get on the ground. Officers reported Taylor was combative, pointing to footage from an officer’s body camera. Salt Lake City District Attorney Sim Gill ruled the shooting justifiable, given Taylor’s actions in a 30-second video. However, many Utahans question using military-grade weapons on civilians.

Can police use force if they “perceive” a threat, even when no threat exists? In the Darrien Hunt case, witnesses reported Hunt had a sword. However, family members reported he was costumed and carried a toy katana. Family of Hunt say the young African-American was no threat in a community. A drive-through bank camera captured footage of Hunt fleeing police.

 

 

Did Taylor and Willard need to Die?

This is a question many Utahans are asking since Willard and Taylor had no weapons. Cameras used in police shootings may not be reliable because they are turned off or footage may be altered. According to Dub Lawrence, former Sheriff for Davis County, police officers may entrap and use force when the public cannot. Officers are held to a higher standard and have immunities citizens do not. For example, a police officer has 24 to 48 hours to file a report if someone dies. They also can lie during an interrogation. Lawrence spoke at an event Oct. 4 and called for citizens to question police officers’ transparency.

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 Need for a National Database That Tracks Police Shootings Nationwide

Is there a way for Utahans to get the facts in a case, such as Hunt’s, Willard’s or Taylor’s? Some citizens may feel officers may not be telling the truth. However, there is no nationwide computer system to check facts.

USA Today reports from University of South Carolina criminologist Geoff Alpert, who has long studied police use of deadly force, said the FBI’s limited database underscores a gaping hole in the nation’s understanding of how often local police take a life on America’s streets — and under what circumstances.

”There is no national database for this type of information, and that is so crazy,” said Alpert. “We’ve been trying for years, but nobody wanted to fund it and the (police) departments didn’t want it. They were concerned with their image and liability. They don’t want to bother with it.”

Alpert said the database can confirm that a death has occurred but is good for little else.

“I’ve looked at records in hundreds of departments,” Alpert said, “and it is very rare that you find someone saying, ‘Oh, gosh, we used excessive force.’ In 98.9% of the cases, they are stamped as justified and sent along.”

How to Reduce Police Shootings in Utah

What is the best way to handle situations where suspects or victims seem unarmed? Should police use non-lethal means? Utah’s laws allow for deadly force, allowing Utah school teachers to carry guns in the classroom. Until lawmakers are willing to revisit laws, ordinary citizens may not be able to defend themselves if officers decide someone’s actions justify using deadly force. But, what constitutes the need to use deadly force over non-deadly force? Without direction from lawmakers, police officers may make their own laws and break them without consequence. According to Duff, this is why ordinary citizens need to know what changes lawmakers are considering for bills and officers be held to the same transparency citizens have.

 

Will Removing Military Grade Weapons or Wearing Body Cameras Help Reduce Police Shootings in Utah?

Would having cameras and banning military-grade weapons stop officers from killing unarmed civilians? Would it matter in the police by suicide cases? According to Lawrence, having military-grade equipment gives police officers in Utah and elsewhere an unfair advantage. Not all Utahans want military weapons removed. Eighty-three percent of Utahans want weapons to be used responsibly and have advocated non-lethal alternatives, such as tear gas or rubber bullets. Many Utahans have questioned whether officers should wear cameras, because cameras can be turned off.

 

Utahans Call for More Transparency in Regards to Use of Lethal Force by Police

Why aren’t police by suicide valid in cases such as Taylor’s, Hunt’s or Willard’s? In Hunt’s case, the police determined from the trajectory of bullets that Hunt was fleeing the scene and not being confrontational. Thus, this rules out the police by suicide defense, where police can rule a shooting as “police by suicide” if a victim threatens to harm an officer. Many Utahans question if police officers need checks and balances. According to Dub Lawrence, a former marine, police officer, and SWAT,  demand officers be transparent in order for laws to change.  Listen to Dub Lawrence here speak about exaclty what the problem in Utah is.

Utahans are petioning to recall the current Mayor of Salt Lake City, Ralph Becker, citing his inaction regarding use of excessive police force. Utahans want a mayor who is ready and willing to take action to represent the wants and needs of it’s people. You can visit Change.org to sign the petition recalling the current mayor.

 

Holding the Men in Blue to a Higher Standard

In the minds of many Utahans, the actions of Salt Lake City’s finest have shown many police officers abuse the power they are given and not face any consequences. Many Utahans are outraged because officers do not have to answer for their actions, as no officers in Hunt, Willard, or the Taylor cases had disciplinary actions levied against them. Shouldn’t police officers held to a higher standard? An example of this may be bus drivers across the nation. A bus driver has a Class B and Class C license. In the government’s eyes, bus drivers should be better drivers than the everyday man, and held to a higher standard. A bus driver is expected to be better and are fined more severely when they receive traffic violations.

Many Utahans expect the same of their law enforcement officers and demand Utah’s finest take responsibility for actions. Unfortunately, some police officers, Utahans feel, have used the law to cater to their needs. It has allowed Utah police to not only get away with murder, but commit it with excessive force in some cases. Attorneys in the Hunt and also in the Willard case have proven there was no reason for either Hunt or Willard to be shot an excess of four times, to more than six times for Hunt.

 

Is Deadly Force Needed as Much as it’s Used?

Readers commenting on the Saratoga Springs case, called for the truth. While the use of force may be warranted in this case, many Utahans do not believe all police officers are villains. There are good officers. But, the problem lies in how we assume innocence, based on appearances. Many Utahans simply want Salt Lake City Police Department to be accountable and use other means before using lethal means.

Tell us your thoughts — What do you think will make the difference? How can we protect our officers AND citizens?

 

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Most Shocking Celebrity Arrests & Their Bail Amounts

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Young Jeezy, August of 2014/illegal assault rifle

Bail amount of $1 million

As part of the investigation into the shooting death of a man at a Wiz Khalifa concert, a search warrant was issued for Young Jeezy’s tour bus as Khalifa and Jeezy were touring together. During the search, police found firearms that belonged to the members of Jeezy’s entourage, as well as Jeezy’s illegal assault rifle.

As a result, Young Jeezy and five men from his entourage were arrested on illegal gun charges. Jeezy and all five members of his entourage pleaded not guilty to the charges. After posting the $1 million bail, all six men were released from jail.

Even famous, easily recognizable people that are a minimal flight risk have to post bail. Even Jeezy’s prior legal issues that include an arrest in January that stemmed from an argument with his son in 2012 and a DUI arrest in 2008 do not justify his severe bail amount.

 

Todd English, Celebrity Chef, Arrested in August of 2014 for DWI

Bail amount of $1,500

Celebrity Chef Todd English is the creative force behind numerous restaurants throughout the nation, he frequently appears on the television series “Iron Chef USA” and authored several cookbooks. The 54-year-old chef was driving along county road 39 in Long Island at approximately 3:30 a.m. when he was pulled over by the Southampton Town Police. The police arrested English, who was charged with a DWI, which is a misdemeanor. English posted his $1,500 cash bail and was released.

 

Lamar Odom 2013 DUI (crack)

Bail amount of $15,000

On August 30, the California Highway Patrol in San Fernando Valley arrested Lamar Odom for driving under the influence. Odom was pulled over for driving too slow on Freeway 101. He was reportedly driving 50 mph. He failed several sobriety field tests and would not agree to chemical testing. In the state of California, this refusal translates into a yearlong suspended driver’s license.

They took Odom to a nearby station, booked him and set his bail at $15,000. He was then transferred to a jail in Van Nuys. Odom called on his drug dealer to post his bail. The bail was posted and Odom was released from the Van Nuys jail facility.

As this news story unfolded, reports indicate that Odom never even called on his wife or her family members post his bail. Kardashian found out about her husband’s arrest the way the rest of us did, through the media.

 

Chris Brown 2009/assault on girlfriend Rihanna

Bail amount of $50,000

Chris Brown, R&B singer and dancer, was arrested and then charged with making criminal threats (which is a felony charge). This comes after an early morning attack on his pop star girlfriend, Rihanna. She was hospitalized following the incident due to severe bruising on her face.

Eventually, Brown posted the $50,000 bail and was released. Allegedly, Brown and Rihanna were sitting in a vehicle in the Hancock Park neighborhood when an argument ensued. The argument began escalating after the two exited the vehicle. A 9-1-1 call reported the disturbance and when the police arrived, Rihanna was present but Brown had fled the scene.

The incident with Rihanna led to Brown receiving a sentence of 5-years’ probation. He was also ordered to enter a residential drug treatment facility and given a restraining order stating that he was not to be within 50 feet of Rihanna. In 2013, Brown violated his 2009 probation when he was arrested in Washington D.C. This incident resulted in his previously ordered probation being revoked.

Brown was charged with a misdemeanor and no bail amount was set. In February 2014, Brown was ordered to remain in jail for at least a month because of his 2013 probation violation.

 

Phil Spector 2003/murder

Bail amount of $1 million

In 2003, a 9-1-1 call led police to the Los Angeles mansion of 62-year-old Record Producer Phil Spector. The body of actress Lana Clarkson was found slouched over in a chair. Clarkson had been shot through the mouth with a revolver.

Spector was on the scene. A struggle occurred between him and the police when he was asked to show them his hands. Spector was eventually subdued with a Taser.

Following a six-month investigation, Spector was charged with the murder of Lana Clarkson. Renowned defense attorney Robert Shapiro arranged for Spector’s bail, which was set at $1 million. He posted bail and remained a free man for six years before his conviction in 2009. Spector was convicted of second-degree murder and illegally discharging a firearm. Spector was sentenced to 19 years to life for the murder of the actress.

 

Double-Amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius, aka Blade Runner, 2013/murder

Bail amount of $1 million

Oscar Pistorius admitted to accidently killing his girlfriend, 29-year-old Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine’s Day. Pistorius claims that he shot Steenkamp because he thought she was an intruder. Desmond Nair, Chief Magistrate, ruled Pistorius be given the harshest bail requirements allowed in South African law. This means that his defense attorneys must detail exceptional reasons as to why Pistorius needs to be free prior to his trial; this is on top of giving up his two South African passports, surrendering his guns, posting an $11,300 cash bond and proving that he has another $988,700 available to pay his entire bail amount if necessary.

 

Haley Joel Osment 2006/ DUI – Marijuana possession

Bail amount of $15,000

Haley Joel Osment, 18-years-old,  has been charged with several misdemeanors including a DUI, possession of marijuana, driving with a .08 blood alcohol level (or higher), an enhancement of driving with a .15 or higher and a vehicle infraction of driving while under the age of 21 years with a blood alcohol level of 0.5 or higher.

While driving home in the early hours of July 20, Osment lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a brick pillar. The collision occurred around 1 a.m. Osment was treated for a shoulder injury and a broken rib. No other bystanders were injured.

Osment faces up to six months incarceration on charges he was driving while intoxicated and had marijuana in his possession. His blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit at .16 percent. Osment’s bail was set at $15,000. He was released from custody after posting his $15,000 bond.

 

Aaron Hernandez, former NFL player,  2012 murder of two men in Boston

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Former New England Patriot tight end, Aaron Hernandez, was indicted by a grand jury for the July 2012 murder of Safiro Furtado and Daniel Abreu. The two men were in Boston, sitting at a traffic light when the driver of another vehicle began to shoot at them.

Boston police believe that Hernandez may be the shooter. Hernandez was being held without bail for an unrelated 2013 death of semi-pro player Odin Lloyd, which Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to. Hernandez’ Defense Attorney Michael Fee states that all the evidence against his client, in relation to the Lloyd murder, was circumstantial. Fee requested that his client be granted bail; however, no bail amount was set.

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Most Common Reasons People Need to Post Bail During Summer

Most Common Reasons People Are Arrested

We know that summer is one of the most magical times of the year. The crops are in full bloom, school is out, and the time to take a long vacation is way past due. Unfortunately, the summer brings forth many activities that can escalate into a legal situation.

When someone is accused of committing a crime, we know it’s easy to become overwhelmed and tired with the fight. We’ve put together a brief explanation of why so many more people seem to get arrested during the summer months.

 

Arrested During a Concert

The high summer temperatures make people impulsive and irrational with their decisions. Furthermore, summer-time events bring diverse groups of people together. In some situations people can become out of control and enraged leading to a fight. This type of behavior is prominent during large scale events such as concerts where alcohol consumption occurs.

 

Drinking and Driving

 Having a cold one, or several, on the front porch quickly cools off the summer heat. Few things compare to the ice cold beverage, but some people choose to take the risk of going for more or a bite to eat after they succumb to the alcohol. The police departments know that alcohol consumption increases during the summer months; therefore, they increase the number of active patrols to catch people with a DWI or DUI.

Speaking of driving related incidents, people driving unsafely or while drowsy may find themselves at the other end of a patrol car. We know that many people choose to take lavish road trips with friends or family. The amount of DWD, or driving while drowsy, cases rises every summer. If you feel you’re becoming too tired to drive, you should stop at a rest stop for a few hours or check into a hotel for the evening. You won’t make it to your destination if you have a wreck or are incarcerated.

 

Robbery When People Are on Vacation

 Being away from home for an extended vacation or period of time brings up another common reason people get arrested: home theft. People make choices about how to spend the summer. Excessive spending and partying can easily become a desperate search for money or valuables in another’s home. Summer should be a time of relaxation and enjoyment. We realize that some people experience events beyond their control that results in being arrested. Some people find themselves in situations of their own creation. Others may be impaired due to the presence of alcohol or even drugs.

 

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In order to have the best possible experience during the long awaited summer break, you must adhere to the laws and avoid breaking them at all costs. If you do get arrested during the summer, there are ways to get back to the sun. However, you must have a reliable, dependable bail bondsman to address your legal situation. Within a few minutes, Bad Boys Bail Bonds Utah can work to have you out and enjoying the summertime once again.

From Bad to Worse: Why Skipping Bail Should Never Be an Option

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Skipping out on bail isn’t just an “option” that most people hope they never have to use – it should never be an option in the first place. Getting arrested is already a very serious situation for everyone involved. You don’t want to take a bad situation and somehow manage to make it even worse by skipping out on bail. Not only will you be making things more difficult for yourself, but you’ll also be creating huge number of new problems for the person who was kind enough to bail you out in the first place.

Loss of Collateral

One of the first things that will happen if you skip out on bail is that the person who put up the money for bail will lose whatever they had to use as collateral on the bond. If the person who bailed you out collected the necessary money through various means or emptied their savings account in order to help out a friend or family member in need, they can consider that money “gone” the moment you don’t show up for court. This could create an extremely negative financial situation for that person depending on the total amount of the bond in question.

Future Bail

From a personal standpoint, your chances of ever getting bail in the future also go down to what is essentially zero if you skip out on bail a single time. Even though nobody ever plans on the need to get bailed out multiple times in their lifetime, it would still be a nice option to have. No matter what crime you would be charged with in the future, it would be very difficult to get a judge to even consider setting bail if you’ve already proved that you can’t be trusted to hold up your end of the bargain in the past.

Co-Signers

In the event that you run out on bail, the people who put up the money for the bond are responsible for a number of different things. If a bail bondsman needs to hire a bounty hunter to come and get you back from wherever you’re hiding, for example, those people who just wanted to help out a friend will be financially responsible for any additional expenses that they incur.

Skipping out on bail for any reason creates huge issues for everyone involved. Not only are you making life extremely difficult (and potentially expensive) for the people who tried to help you out, but you’re also all but guaranteeing extended jail times both now and in the future.

Arrested While Enlisted: How it Differs From Being Arrested as a Civilian

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As a member of the armed forces, you are subject to higher expectations in both your professional and personal conduct. If you are arrested while you are enlisted, what happens to you can be different from what happens to a civilian in several ways. While there are some minor advantages, there are also serious negatives.

You May Be Eligible for Legal Advice

As a member of the military, you have access to the legal assistance office. If normal civilian legal fees would be a significant hardship for you, you could qualify for help. Married soldiers who are in the E-4 grade or below and single soldiers in E-3 or below generally meet the requirements. Legal assistance is able to provide preliminary legal advice in criminal matters to keep you informed of your best options.

Postponing Court Appearances

Military commitments, especially during wartime, can make it difficult to attend court dates. While a judge won’t grant you a delay for matters of convenience, you can get delays if your military service means you are unable to appear in court. To qualify for a delay, you must apply for the shortest delay possible and have tried your best to appear in court on the original schedule.

Reductions in Rank

If you are sentenced to a year or more in prison, your rank will be knocked down to private. Someone who is sentenced to 30 days or more in jail but less than a year can be reduced one or more pay grades. You can also be denied promotions because of criminal matters outside of the armed forces.

Losing Your Security Clearance

The military takes security seriously, and they will pull the clearance of someone who they consider an undue risk. Criminal activities are one of reasons for losing clearance. Drug or alcohol abuse is also considered grounds for suspension or revocation of your clearance.

Separation for Misconduct

You could also find that arrests for serious charges can lead to the end of your relationship with the armed forces.

If your arrest is part of a pattern of behavior that is considered troublesome, you could receive a general discharge. While you are still eligible for some military benefits, you lose access to education assistance under the Montgomery and Post-9/11 GI Bills. And, if your separation is ruled “Discharge Under Other Than Honorable Conditions,” the consequences could follow you for the rest of your life. You can lose veterans’ benefits that include pension, health care and other concerns and will not receive a discharge certificate.

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Flaws in the U.S. Jail System: World’s Most Effective Rehabilitation Methods

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The United States incarcerates a greater percentage of its citizens than any other country in the world. Specifically, it is estimated that 743 out of every 100,000 United States citizens are incarcerated at some point in their lives. One of the major issues that people have with this fact is that imprisonment requires more than $60 billion per year for the United States. As such, many have begun to push for the implementation of incarceration alternatives as a means of lowering re-conviction rates and saving the country money.

Alternatives to Incarceration in Other Countries

The United States may want to follow the lead of countries like Germany, the Netherlands, and Canada. Here, incarceration rates are significantly lower–some as low as 6%. Still, future re-conviction rates in these countries are lower when compared to the United States’ current rate of 67%. Here are some of the most commonly utilized alternatives to imprisonment in these countries:

Fines and Rehabilitation: Both Germany and the Netherlands fine well over 70% of the people they arrest rather than imprisoning them. These fines are often combined with the requirement that the offender complete a rehabilitation program. This could be anything from a drunk driving or drug abuse program to a violent offense or behavior program. As a result, re-offender rates are lower and the countries actually make money rather than spending tens of thousands of dollars a year to incarcerate the individual.

Suspended Sentences: Rather than sentencing individuals to months or years in prison after being found guilty, Germany, the Netherlands, and Canada all utilize suspended sentences. This gives offenders a chance to go through a probationary period; during this time, the individual does not go to prison. If the probation period goes well (he or she does not get into further trouble with the law), his or her prison sentence is eliminated. In Germany, 75% off all sentences are suspended, with the remainder being less than two years long.

Looking Forward

The United States can learn a lot from the rehabilitation and punishment used in other countries. In the meantime, Bad Boys Bail Bonds is here to assist anybody who has been arrested for any crime. Here, we truly believe you are innocent until proven guilty.

Apple Pie, Baseball, and Bail Bonds: A Uniquely American Practice

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The idea of using bail bondsmen is unique to the United States and one other country: The Philippines. Other countries use police to handle finding people who skip out on bail, and that bail must be paid to the court, not to an individual at a private company. As a matter of fact, what the US does in allowing bail bondsmen to operate is considered illegal throughout the rest of the world. Bondsmen work by posting a person’s bail for a fee that is nonrefundable. Many countries see it as a type of obstruction of justice, but the US does not interpret it that way.

In other countries, the idea that a person who cannot afford to make bail can pay a person a fee for freedom is unheard of, and unacceptable. The decision as to whether someone goes free when they cannot afford their own bail comes down to whether they can pay the bondsman’s fee, and whether the bondsman will take the case. Even within the United States, Oregon, Kentucky, Wisconsin, and Illinois have abolished the practice. They either release people on their own recognizance (without requiring any money), or they require them to pay a deposit to the court.

There is a concern with bail bonds, in that they may be considered to be discriminatory against people who do not have much money. It can also be said to be overtaking decisions that should be part of the justice system, and failing to protect the safety of the public. Overall, the goal is simply to make sure that people who have “bonded out” actually show up for their trial date. It’s based on the common law that came from England, whereby people pledged property or land to provide assurances that they would not try to leave the area before their trial came up.

The early 1800’s saw the start of actual bail bondsmen companies, where a fee was paid for freedom and the company agreed to hunt the people down if they did not appear for their court date. In other countries, people who fail to appear are hunted by the police. The idea that even defendants who are found innocent are still required to pay a fee to a company outside the justice system if they want their freedom is often considered troublesome, but many believe it is better than remaining in jail.

The system, however, is highly effective at making sure people come to court, and it does not cost the taxpayers anything at all. Those are important reasons to keep it around, in the eyes of many people, and a large part of the reason the US still uses it today.

Thug Life: Jail Experience by Gender

Thug Life Jail Experience by Gender How the Jail Experience Differs from Men to Women

The jail experience, by its very nature, is not a pleasant one. Based on the regulations in most jails that have to be followed, the experience should be uniform for men and women. However, the jail experience differs between men and women. The rules and regulations are the same for both men and women but because men and women handle pressure and isolation in very different ways, so does the jail experience. Today, we’re going to discuss the differences in how men and women experience the jail system.

Social Systems

Men, by their very nature, tend to internalize their emotions in order to not show weakness. This behavior is often amplified while in jail. This leads to more aggressive behavior and a sense of every man for himself. Bonds are created between inmates but they’re often very fragile. Social groups that form in men’s prisons tend to be more out of necessity than common interests or caring. This is why gangs are so prevalent in the prison system.

Women, on the other hand, are typically more nurturing by nature. This manifests itself in a strong community feeling in jail. Women tend to be more supportive of each other in order to make their time easier. Bonds between women that are made in jail are much more likely to last on the outside than the bonds made between men.

Interaction with Authority

When talking to a local guard for the county jail a few months back, I asked him “What’s the biggest difference between being a guard for men vs women?”

His answer thoroughly surprised me. “If I tell a man to tuck in his shirt, 99% of the time, he’ll tuck in his shirt without question. If I tell a woman to tuck in her shirt, first she asks why, then she lists every single other prisoner who doesn’t have their shirt tucked in and wants to know why she has to.”

Jail Experience Differs from Men to Women

Men tend to be more compliant in general, but are infinitely more likely to react violently when not in compliance.

Women are also compliant but tend to question authority more before complying with orders. However, when women don’t comply, it’s very rare for them to react violently.

Recidivism Rates

How likely are men to re-offend and become incarcerated again compared to women?

The answer is nearly double. In the first 2 years after release, men are almost twice as likely to re-offend than women. At around the 2-3 year mark these rates tend to even out for both men and women, with men maintaining a 10% higher rate than women throughout.

This can be linked to many things but the biggest indicators may come from the points that we talked about earlier. The social system for men encourages violent behavior and can cause men to become “institutionalized.” This can cause men to have a very hard time adjusting to the freedom of the outside world and leads to them re-offending and becoming incarcerated once again.

Jail is never a positive experience, but that experience can differ greatly from person to person. This divide is even more apparent between men and women. Statistically, women are more supportive of each other, are less violent, and are less likely to end up back in jail than men.

How to Escape From Jail…Legally

Escaping JailNow, before you get any ideas, this is not going to be an article detailing how to dig a hole from a jail cell to the freeway, or blast through bars with some crazy chemical concoction. However, if you are interested in learning about legal ways to shorten your prison sentence, you’ve come to the right place. Of course, we all hope never to be in a situation where this kind of information would be helpful, but it’s always better to be prepared. Here are three ways that you can get out of jail faster, no digging or explosives required.

The Benefits of Good Behavior

You’ve probably heard about how good behavior can shorten a prison sentence. Well, it’s true. If you cooperate while incarcerated, obey authority figures, and stay out of trouble, your sentence can be shorten by about 13%. As it stands now, the law states that you can earn up to 54 days of good behavior credit per year while you are in jail.

Good Behavior

As an example, if you were sentenced to five years in prison, but played by the rules and behaved well, you could be released after 4.25 years. That number could even increase. New bills are often put forth that push for more good behavior credits. In other words, it pays to behave. No sense making things worse and ending up in prison even longer then necessary.

Using Your Time to Recover from Addiction

A second way that you can potentially shorten your sentence is by completing an addiction recovery program while in jail. Although putting people in jail is meant to be seen as a punishment and as a way to keep dangerous people off the streets, it is also hoped that time in jail can be spent correcting behavior so that future criminal activity is less likely.

Addiction Programs

In some cases, it might be possible to skip prison time altogether by enrolling in, and completing, an approved course of addiction recovery. However, even if you do still end up in jail, more and more states are incorporating in-house treatment programs into their facilities and proper completion of one of these programs could shave some time off of your original prison sentence.

Put in Some Hard Work as a Trustee

A third way to possibly shorten your sentence is to become a prison trustee. If you meet certain qualifications like a history of good behavior, a low bond, and a non-violent conviction, you can volunteer to work as a trustee for the prison. This means that you will be assigned work to do around the prison, things like painting walls, cleaning bathrooms, taking out the garbage, and sometimes even kitchen work.

Trustee Program

If you maintain your good behavior record and do good work as a trustee, you can often use that work and history to bargain for a shorter prison sentence. Once again, good behavior and a strong work ethic can go a long way toward getting you home sooner.