The Bail Post

The Bail Post

With various attempts at criminal justice reform from New York to Texas to California, many people are confused as to what is working and what is not. The recent rise in violent crime across the country has been startling and law makers and the public alike are desperate to find legislation that is effective. The Bail Post is an on-going discussion that seeks to cut to the core of what successful criminal justice reform looks like and what measures have been disastrous. Join us and educate yourself about the best practices that jurisdictions must implement to keep their communities safe, while ensuring fairness to defendants.

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May 13, 2022 35 min

The Houston Police Officers Union recently issued a report addressing how misdemeanor bail reform was working in Harris County.  The report has some jaw dropping numbers:  76% failure to appear rate, 16% overall appearance rate, 72% of cases are dismissed and 176% growth in the backlog of cases over 10 years.

Office Griffith discusses the report, the district attorney's report issues last year stating some of these same things a...

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Shelly Alexander is the President of the Tennessee Association of Professional Bail Agents (TAPBA).  She  was the Office Manager and a Bail Bondsman for Danny Blankenship Bonding until his sudden passing in 2017. At that time Shelly opened A Close Bonding Co., LLC, which has 17 agents in West and Middle Tennessee serving 23 counties. Ms. Alexander has been a volunteer for the Tennessee Association of Professional Bail Agents (TAPBA...

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Topo Padilla is a second generation bondsmen from California.  On this episode of the Bail Post, Mr. Padilla discusses bail in California and other bail reform issues across the country.  

Mr. Padilla is the newly elected President of the Professional Bail Agents of the United States.

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While bail as a pretrial release mechanism has been around since our nation’s beginning and is protected in the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution, its continued use in the present day has been questioned by critics of the historically-based pretrial release mechanism.

In a recent study, David Krahl, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice at The University of Tampa, found that in terms of sheer cost alone, the use...

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The Bail Post and the Houston Crime Stoppers join together to tell the stories of just some of the victims of Bad Bail Reform.  In this episode, we honor the heart breaking story of Rosalie Cook, an 80 year old grandma who went to Walgreens to buy a birthday card.  But she never got the birthday card because she was killed by a defendant who was 38 years old at the time.  He had been arrested over 70 times and convicted over 60 tim...

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February 4, 2022 26 min

Kellye and Anthony Cooper are bondsmen in Mount Pleasant, Texas.  They talk about their bonding business and the ways that they keep up with defendants and how they help improve public safety.  

Also, their son is a Marine.  When they became military parents, they began looking for ways to support their son.  Kellye created a nonprofit organization referred to as "M.O.M" (Ministering Our Military).   If you are interested in...

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January 20, 2022 54 min

We are hearing more and more about Bail Funds in the news and the stories are not positive.  Stories have highlighted instances of Charitable Bail Funds posting cash bonds for individuals with substantial criminal histories and then these same individuals go on to commit even more awful crimes upon release.

Joining our discussion today are two guests:

Eric Granof
Vice President, Corporate Communications
Chief Marketing Officer – Expert...

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On January 7, 2022, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issues an important new opinion in Cause No. 18-11368; Daves v. Dallas County; In the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (January 7, 2022).  This is a huge decision and reverses O'donnell on a key issue.  Listen to the podcast to find out more.

You can download the opinion by CLICKING HERE.
You can see PBT's blog post about the opinion by CLICKING HERE.

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Everyone agrees crime is increasing in Harris County, but there is substantial disagreement over why.  Listen to a lively discussion with our guests:  City Councilman Michael Kubosh, Officer Douglas Griffith who is President of the Houston Police Officer's Association and Mario Garza, President of the Harris County Bondsmen Association.

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The Bail Post highlights the articles in the  January 2022 Newsletter of the Professional Bondsmen of Texas.

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November 27, 2021 36 min

Welcome to the first episode of a new podcast.  My name is Ken W. Good and I am an attorney in Texas specializing in Bail Law.  From California to New York there has been a push for what I think now we would call bad bail reform and even bad criminal justice reform.  As we have seen crime increasing over the last year, my hope is that we can find common ground by discussing what works and why certain reforms do not seem to work.  I...

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