The Bail Bond Practice from the Perspective of Bondsmen

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Ramey, Richard L.
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1975
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They deal in money and freedom, and, yet, the tools of their trade include guns and leg irons. If someone "takes off" they can chase him across state lines, ferret him out wherever he is hiding and bring him back "to justice" often handcuffed and possibly in the trunk of a car. This is the work of the bail bondsman. It is a dangerous business in which the client may try to kill his bondsman; but most bondsmen consider that they are providing a public service, protecting the "Eighth Article of the Bill of Rights," and saving money for the taxpayers. This article is designed to explore the bail bondsman's job from his point of view and to consider the actual practices of bail bondsmen in Nebraska. It is not designed to weigh the merits of the current bail reform movement nor to propose changes. It is designed to present current practices from a bail bondsman's perspective. Neither is this research an attempt to weigh the merits of pretrial release nor to present judges' opinions on this topic. Jailers and defendants who have received bonds were questioned to confirm the practices reported by bail bondsmen. However, this research is confined almost entirely to describing the role of bail bondsmen as they see it.
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8 Creighton L. Rev. 865(1974-1975)
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Creighton University School of Law
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