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California Does Away With Cash Bail For Those Who Can’t Afford It

The California Supreme Court has eliminated cash bail for defendants who can’t afford it — writing that “conditioning freedom solely on whether an arrestee can afford bail is unconstitutional.”

ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

In California, the state Supreme Court has ruled to end cash bail if a defendant can’t afford to pay. The decision centers around the case of retired shipyard worker Kenneth Humphrey. In 2017, he was arrested and accused of stealing $7 and a bottle of cologne from his San Francisco neighbor. The court set bail at $600,000 and later reduced it to $350,000. Humphrey couldn’t afford to pay that. And now the California Supreme Court has written that, quote, “conditioning freedom solely on whether an arrestee can afford bail is unconstitutional.”

Katherine Hubbard has worked on Humphrey’s behalf since the case’s initial filing. She’s an attorney at Civil Rights Corps. Welcome to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED.

KATHERINE HUBBARD: Thank you, Ari.

SHAPIRO: This case doesn’t totally eliminate the cash bail system in California. Tell us what the ruling means.

HUBBARD: That’s right. This decision means that presumptively innocent people in California can no longer be jailed while awaiting trial solely because they are unable to pay money bail, so that means that the trial courts of the state have to consider an individual’s ability to pay. And it says that they can’t set bail in an amount that a person can’t afford unless they find that no other less-restrictive alternative conditions of release can reasonably assure that person’s appearance in court or the safety of the community. So it does allow money bail in that limited circumstance.

SHAPIRO: And why did you view this as such an important issue?

HUBBARD: Well, this is an important issue because this decision should substantially reduce pretrial detention in California, and that’s really important because pretrial detention often has devastating consequences for a person’s life. It often means loss of a job or loss of housing. It can mean loss of custody of children, and it also has demonstrable negative impacts on a person’s case. We know that people detained pretrial are more likely to plead guilty, to be convicted and to receive longer sentences than people who are free pretrial. And because money bail disproportionately affects Black and brown communities, these negative impacts are concentrated on those communities. So reducing pretrial detention will have really significant impacts in terms of racial justice and ending mass incarceration.

SHAPIRO: California is not the first state to move in this direction, and some have gone even further. Illinois has abolished cash bail entirely. California being the most populous state in the U.S., do you think this indicates a national shift?

HUBBARD: I think it definitely indicates a national shift. And the legislature now has the opportunity to go even further in California towards ending pretrial detention in the way that Illinois has by completely eliminating the use of money bail. And the Care First Coalition is working across the state on changes to transform this system of money bail in California.

SHAPIRO: And just in our last minute, I want to ask you about your client Kenneth Humphrey, who was released with electronic monitoring after a similar decision in a lower court. So he’s not been in jail all this time, but what has he said about the Supreme Court decision?

HUBBARD: He’s thrilled with the decision. He – you know, he’s such an important example of why pretrial release is so important. He has done everything the court asked of him and more while he’s been on pretrial release and has, you know, had his ankle monitor removed and is a thriving member of the community and is just so proud to have his name on this important case. So he’s thrilled, and we’re thrilled for him.

SHAPIRO: That’s Katherine Hubbard, an attorney at Civil Rights Corps.

Thank you for speaking with us.

HUBBARD: You’re welcome. Thanks.

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M ost people have never dealt with bail before because no one they know ever got arrested. With thousands of people getting arrested every single day in California, chances are someone that you know will get arrested at some point. If that ever happens, you want to be prepared. After all, the faster you deal with someone’s bail, the less time they spend locked up.

The best way to deal with bail is to get a bail bond from Absolute Bail Bonds in Lancaster. Our bonds only cost 10% of the bail they are for and you get help from our professional bail agents. To help you get through this whole ordeal of bailing out your loved one as quickly as possible, here are some ways you can be prepared for the bail bond before talking to an agent.

The hardest part when it comes to bail is money. Try to have a good idea of how much you can afford to pay before contacting a bail agent. On top of that, try talking to friends and family members to see who else might be willing to bail out your loved one. Multiple people can co-sign for the bail bond. This way, the financial burden is split across the co-signers and they all share responsibility.

Each co-signer will need three bits of paperwork when meeting with a bail agent to sign papers. Those three bits will include:

  • A recent paycheck, pay stub, or bank statement to prove income.
  • A recent piece of mail with your name and address for proof of California residency.
  • A valid California ID such as a driver’s license or state-issued ID card.

Once we have seen that information, we will be able to proceed with the bail bond.

Bailing someone out of jail is often a new experience for people. It is not something they ever expected to deal with before and they want to get it over with as quickly as possible. Our bail agents understand this and do everything that they can to help you. You can help them out by having the above ready to go before you start talking to a bail agent.

It is common for people to not know what to expect regarding bail bonds until they or a loved one is arrested. As such, they often ask the same questions about bail, the bonding process, how to get in touch with a bail bondsman, and the associated costs. Here, we attempt to provide answers to FAQs for bail bonds.

How Does The Bail Bonds Process Work?

How to arrange bail at no cost

Watch our video above for an explanation of the bail bond process. Learn more about how bail bonds work.

What Should I Know Before I Contact A Bail Agent?

There is certain information that a bail agent will need in order to help you:

  • Where is the person in custody? (Make sure that you ask the person in custody where they are located including the city, state, and the name of jail).
  • What is the full name and booking number of person in jail? The bail agent will need this information in order to contact the jail. The bail agent can get the booking number for you if you forgot or if it was not available.
  • How much is the bail? The bail agent will get this information when they contact the jail if you do not have it. With the bail amount, the bail bondsman can tell you the amount it will cost to post a bond and requirements to get the person out of jail.

How Do I Get A Bail Bond?

There are four ways in which a person may be released from custody.

  1. You can use a bondsman.
  2. You can post cash for the full amount of the bond with the court or jail.
  3. You can use real property (such as a home or a lot) with the court.
  4. And lastly the judge can decide to let the defendant go on their own recognizance.

Do I Get My Money Back After The Case Is Over?

There are a few exceptions to this but you do not get your premium back that you paid to the bonding office. This fee is what allowed the defendant to get out of jail and is fully earned once the defendant is out of custody. For example if the defendant gets rearrested a week later you get no portion nor a refund of any money. If the bondsman fails to live up to his end of the contract then and only then you may be entitled to a refund of some kind.

What If I Think The Defendant Is Not Going To Show Up For Court After I Have Posted The Bond?

There are remedies that can be done here as well, contact the bondsmen as soon as possible so that they can discuss your option in full detail with you. You can read more about what to do when a person fails to show up for their court appearance.

Can The Defendant Leave The State Or The Country While On Bond?

You will have to get permission from the bonding office in writing before attempting to do so. If the court has given you direct instructions not to leave the state or country you must then get permission from the bail agent and the court before leaving. Otherwise you are subject to arrest.

Can A Bail Agent Discount The Fees On The Premium?

The rate that you pay a bail agent depends on the state’s statutes and regulations. For example, in some states, there are companies that can legally charge 8%, while the allowable premium is set at 10% for others. If a company that agrees to discount their fee, they may lose their license. Some companies try and lead you into believing that you will receive a discount but in the end actually charge you the whole amount. Always ask to see a rate chart if you feel that you are being wrongly charged. If you are interested in the allowable bail bonds premiums, you can visit our bail cost page.

Are Some Bondsmen Less Expensive Than Others?

Like discounts, the general costs in your area depend on the locale’s statutes and regulations. Bonding agents are generally licensed and regulated by the state. The guiding principle is that the premium rates are not to be “excessive, inadequate, or unfairly discriminatory.” If you are interested in the cheapest bail bonds in your area, you can visit here to find out what the rates that allowed by law in your area.

What Do Bondsmen Accept As Collateral?

Each bonding office will have their own standards but for the most part you can expect them to accept various forms of bail collateral. Some example of collateral include:

  • Real estate
  • Cars
  • Credit cards
  • Stocks
  • Bonds
  • Jewelry
  • Personal credit
  • Bank accounts

What Happens If The Defendant Gets Re-Arrested While Out On Bond?

Once the defendant is back in custody the bond can be surrendered and your liability will be terminated. There are a few problems here: if you decided to surrender the bond you will lose the premium that was paid, and if you decided to get the defendant out on bond again, you will now have to post two new bonds and pay the premium on both bonds again.

How Did The Bail Bond System Get Started?

The bail bond system arises out of common law. The posting money or property in exchange for temporary release pending a trial dates back to 13th century England. The modern commercial practice of bail bonds has continued to evolve in the United States while it has since ceased to exist in most modern nation-states. You can read more about the history of bail bonds here.

What If Where I Live Doesn’t Have Private Bail?

If you don’t have a surety or live in an area that does not allow private bail bonds, which include Massachusetts, Maine, Oregon, Illinois, Kentucky, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Washington, D.C., your options are most likely through the court and the local jail. Read this article about what to do in a state that doesn’t have private bail.

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How to arrange bail at no cost

How to arrange bail at no cost

What Is a Bail Bond?

A bail bond is an agreement by a criminal defendant to appear for trial or pay a sum of money set by the court. The bail bond is cosigned by a bail bondsman, who charges the defendant a fee in return for guaranteeing the payment.

The bail bond is a type of surety bond.

The commercial bail bond system exists only in the United States and the Philippines. In other countries, bail may entail a set of restrictions and conditions placed on criminal defendants in return for their release until their trial dates.

Key Takeaways

  • A bail bond cosigned by a bail bondsmen is posted by a defendant in lieu of full payment of the bail set by the court.
  • The bail bond serves as surety that the defendant will appear for trial.
  • Judges typically have wide latitude in setting bail amounts.
  • Bail bondsmen generally charge 10% of the bail amount up front in return for their service and may charge additional fees. Some states have put a cap of 8% on the amount charged.
  • The bail system is widely viewed as discriminatory to low-income defendant and contributing to the mass-incarceration of young African-American men.

How a Bail Bond Works

A person who is charged with a crime is typically given a bail hearing before a judge. The amount of the bail is at the judge’s discretion. A judge may deny bail altogether or set it at an astronomical level if the defendant is charged with a violent crime or appears likely to be a flight risk.

Judges generally have wide latitude in setting bail amounts, and typical amounts vary by jurisdiction. A defendant charged with a nonviolent misdemeanor could see bail set at $500. Felony crime charges have correspondingly high bail, with $20,000 or more not uncommon.

The commercial bail bond system exists only in the United States and the Philippines.

Once the amount of the bail is set, the defendant’s choices are to remain in jail until the charges are resolved at trial, to arrange for a bail bond, or to pay the bail amount in full until the case is resolved. In the last instance, courts in some jurisdictions accept title to a home or other collateral of value in lieu of cash.

Bail bondsmen, also called bail bond agents, provide written agreements to criminal courts to pay the bail in full if the defendants whose appearances they guarantee fail to appear on their trial dates.

Bail bondsmen generally charge 10% of the bail amount up front in return for their service and may charge additional fees. Some states have put a cap of 8% on the amount charged.

The agent may also require a statement of creditworthiness or may demand that the defendant turn over collateral in the form of property or securities. Bail bondsmen generally accept most property of value, including cars, jewelry, and houses as well as stocks and bonds.

Once the bail or bail bond is delivered, the defendant is released until trial.

The Disadvantages of the Bail Bond System

The bail bond system has become part of the larger debate over mass incarceration, especially of young African-American men, in the U.S.

The bail bond system is considered by many even in the legal profession to be discriminatory, as it requires low-income defendants to stay in jail or scrape together a 10% cash fee and the rest of the bail-in collateral—even before they stand trial for any crime. PrisonPolicy.org says that about 536,000 people are being held in jails in the U.S. because they cannot afford bail or a bail bondsman’s services.

Four states including Illinois, Kentucky, Oregon, and Wisconsin have outlawed bail bondsmen and instead require a 10% deposit on the bail amount to be lodged with the court. In 2018, California voted to eliminate cash bail requirements from its court system.

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In this article

  • The Process of Setting Bail
  • Posting Bail
  • Getting Released On Your Own Recognizance

If you find yourself in jail after an arrest, there’s probably just one thing going through your head — getting out. This is generally accomplished by posting “bail,” which usually consists of cash or a piece of property with cash value that you give to the court in return for your promise to show up to court when ordered to do so. If you do, the court will return your bail. However, if you don’t show up, the court will keep your bail and most likely issue an arrest warrant, meaning you’ll likely end up back in jail.

The Process of Setting Bail

After your arrest, you’ll want to know your bail amount as soon as possible. If you’re not able to see a judge right away, you could end up spending some time in jail, usually a weekend. In fact, this is sometimes a tactic used by the police as they’ll arrest you on Friday, meaning that the earliest you could see a judge to set bail is Monday. However, for some of the more common crimes, jails often have a chart setting standard bail amounts which means getting out is a simple matter of paying the fixed amount.

The Eighth Amendment establishes that no person can have an excessive bail amount set against them. This has been held to mean that bail cannot be used as a way for the government to raise money or to punish a person for being arrested. The Eight Amendment therefore ensures that bail is only used as a guarantee that an arrested person comes back to court at the appointed time. The bail amount cannot be more than is reasonable to accomplish that purpose.

Despite the theory behind the Eighth Amendment, judges often use excessively high bail amounts to prohibit an arrested individual from getting out of jail. This type of excessive bail is often used for people that have been arrested on suspicion of dealing drugs, murder or other crimes where flight is a real possibility. Many people have argued that this type of high bail violates the Eighth Amendment, but almost all have been unsuccessful.

There are also situations in which bail is set at a reasonable amount, but the arrestee still cannot afford to make the payment. When this happens, the arrested individual must wait to ask the judge to lower the bail amount at a special bail hearing or during the defendant’s first court appearance. Depending upon your financial situation, the judge may decide to lower your bail amount, which could make it easier to get out of jail.

Posting Bail

Posting bail can be done in a few ways, such as:

  • Paying by cash or check;
  • Signing over ownership rights to property;
  • Giving a bond (a promise to pay if you don’t appear) in the full amount of your bail; or
  • Signing a statement that says you will appear in court at the required time, generally called being released on your own recognizance or “O.R.”

Generally, if you can be released on your own recognizance, you should try to take that option. However, many people are forced to purchase a bail bond in order to get released from jail. A bond is much like a check that you give to a friend, asking him or her not to cash it until you say it’s okay to do so. Generally, the purchase price of the bond is about 10% of the value. Therefore, if your bail is set at $5000, you can expect to pay about $500 in order to purchase a bail bond.

You should avoid purchasing a bail bond, whenever possible. If you appear at court and meet all the requirements, you usually get the full amount of your bail returned to you (minus some small, administrative fees from the court). However, if you buy a bail bond, you’re already out 10% of your bail amount (this is generally not refundable), and you’ll also probably have to give the bail bondsman some collateral in order to get the bond (such as an interest in your car or home). If you fail to appear in court at a required time, the bondsman can cash in on the collateral, meaning that he or she could sell your property and take the money from the sale.

Getting Released On Your Own Recognizance

As mentioned above, if you have the option of being released O.R., you should take it. To get an O.R. release, you may have to request one at your first court appearance in front of a judge. If your request is denied, you can always ask for a lower bail amount.

There are certain factors that can lead a judge to release you O.R., many of them having to do with your ties to the community in which you were arrested. These factors can include:

  • Having close family members living in the community;
  • Being raised in or living in the community for a number of years;
  • Having a job in the community;
  • Having no criminal history, or a criminal history that only includes small crimes and misdemeanors; and
  • Having a good track record of showing up to court when required in the past.

Do You Have to Pay a Bond if It’s Revoked?

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A cosigner on a bail bond surrenders the bond by delivering the defendant who was out on bail into custody. This means that the party must bring the defendant to law enforcement officers or to a county jail. When a cosigner surrenders the bond, he is released from the contract for the bond. A cosigner who surrenders a bond may still have to pay a fee to the bondsman. State law and the circumstances of the defendant’s return determine how much the cosigner can get back.

How to Revoke a Bail Bond

A cosigner can revoke a bond prior to a surrender. Revoking a bond means cancelling the bond contract. A cosigner revokes a bond by meeting with the bondsman. Requirements for revocation typically include completing documents to cancel the bond, providing a reason for doing so and providing information on the defendant’s whereabouts. A defendant who cannot find a new cosigner may have to return to jail.

When to Remove a Cosigner

A party should request to be removed as a cosigner when he has reason to believe that the defendant will not show up for court. A party should also ask to be removed as cosigner if the defendant has been arrested on a new charge. In addition, a party should seek removal when he needs the return of the money or property used as collateral for the bond.

When Can’t a Cosigner Revoke a Bond?

A cosigner cannot revoke a bond when the defendant has not made all of her court appearances. A cosigner also cannot revoke a bond when either or both the cosigner and the defendant have breached the contract for the bond. A cosigner who is ineligible to revoke a bond may be responsible for the bondsman’s fee. If the cosigner wants to break the contract, she should consider seeking the help of a mediator or a civil attorney.

What Will the Cosigner Pay?

When a cosigner revokes a bond, he may remain responsible for the certain percentage of the bond payment that the bondsman requires upfront. He may also have to pay the cost of locating the defendant and returning her to custody. If a defendant fails to show up for court, and the cosigner has not revoked the bond, the bondsman can collect the cosigner’s collateral.

What Is a Reasonable Rate?

A reasonable rate for a bail bond varies among states. A cosigner should review the self-help pages of the relevant state court to determine what she will lose when she revokes the bond. In California, a bondsman usually charges 10 percent of the bail amount. The bondsman may also charge a fee. The percentage and fee may be higher if the defendant has a long criminal history.

What Is a Renewal Premium?

When a case lasts more than a year, a bondsman may charge a renewal premium. This is the annual cost of renewing the bail bond. The amount of the renewal premium varies among bondsmen. The contract for the bond should state the cost of the renewal premium and the date on which it is due. A cosigner who surrenders or revokes a bond may be responsible for the renewal premium under the circumstances laid out in the contract.

Who Handles Complaints About Bail Bondsmen?

Usually a state’s department of insurance handles complaints about forfeiture or refunds of collateral for bail bonds. In some states, such as Texas, a cosigner can file a complaint about a bail bond online with the state’s department of insurance. A state’s bail bond board or a local law enforcement agency, such as a sheriff’s office, can handle other concerns about bail bonds.

If you’ve ever made plans with someone only to realize you really don’t feel like following through on them you know that it’s incredibly difficult to flake out on those plans without being a jerk. Your best option is to not make those plans, but if you need to bow out, here’s how to do it gracefully.

Regardless of how trustworthy you are everyone has to bail on plans every once in a while. Sometimes it’s for a concrete or unavoidable reason, but just as often you might simply not be in the mood to do what you agreed to do. Either way you have to start with the same thing: an apology.

Apologize and Make it Sincere

Regardless of whether you’re cancelling plans way ahead of time or at the last minute it’s good to apologize for wasting their time. While the event might seem inconsequential to you it’s possible your friend set aside a large block of time to hang out and you’re ruining that. Etiquette blogger Emily Adamiani sums it up like so:

Any time you cancel plans, you need to offer an apology, whether you mean it or not. You’ve taken someone’s time from them. They’ve blocked off their schedule or modified it so they can see you. Please acknowledge that.

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Suck it up and accept the fact you’re a jerk. Apologize honestly and they’ll be much more likely to take your side. Which leads us to our next tip. Photo by Andrew Yee .

Tell the Truth and Don’t Make Bogus Excuses

If you want to remain trustworthy amongst friends and co-workers you have to tell the truth when you flake out. Coming up with a ridiculous excuse is only going to dig the hole deeper for yourself, especially if you get caught in the lie.

When you tell a lie you’re giving them reasons not to trust you or worse, you’re coming up with a whole fiction you’ll have to remember. Instead just tell them the truth, no matter how stupid it sounds. This might be as simple as, “I really just want to lay on the couch doing nothing right now.” Of course, it might also be a true emergency in which case you should still tell the truth. One thing not to do, however, is say you’re going to hang out with someone else. Etiquette blogger Emily Post points out a really good reason why :

The person you’ve canceled on could easily feel like second best, especially if you give the impression that this new opportunity appeals to you more than spending time with her.

Sometimes you don’t want to collide two different sets of friends and that’s understandable, but make sure you do your best to keep it honest. Photo by Wonderlane .

Pitch a New Plan

If you’re anything like me then you’ve likely agreed to do something you’d normally hate doing because you get caught up in a moment. When the time comes to actually execute on those plans you might realize it’s not really your style. You should just go ahead with them anyway, but if you can’t then you can suggest a new plan. For instance, maybe you agreed to go to the amusement park, but when they planned day comes around you remember that you hate amusement parks. Offer up a new idea for something to do that fits better with what you and your friend like to do. If that doesn’t work, see if you can meet up with your friend afterwards.

Reschedule (or Don’t)

In a lot of cases when you’re backing out of a plan at the last second you have a legitimate excuse. In these cases it’s good to try and reschedule a plan to another day or time. It’s simple, but it’s a good point to remember.

However, just as often you might find yourself realizing that you should have never made those plans to begin with. Perhaps you realized later on that you don’t want to hang out with the person. In this instance it’s easy to want to keep stringing them along as you make and then cancel a whole new set of plans because you don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. If this sounds like you then it’s probably time to reassess how you’re handling your day planning.

Psychology Today points out that it might be time to look at your behavior a little:

Perhaps you have a bona fide conflict, or a bona fide stomach bug. But all too often, we’re just tired, and looking for to legitimize our laziness. Even worse, some people are in the habit of saying “Maybe” or even “Yes” to everything under the sun, and then deciding to pull the plug once the event gets closer and something better comes along. Be honest with yourself: did you truly intend to go in the first place? If the answer is no, your behavior needs modifying.

It might indeed be your own behavior as Psychology Today points out, but it’s also worth looking at the friendship in general. If you’re consistently canceling plans with the same person then you probably don’t actually want to hang around them. Photo by Alfonso Surroca .

More Advice From You

I posed this question to you to see what types of creative methods or other suggestions you might have. The overwhelming response was to simply not cancel, but a few other suggestions crept up.

Dustin Luck notes that you should get in touch right away:

Contact them as soon as I know, apologize and tell them why (if appropriate). Attempt to reschedule if possible.

Coco Davies adds that you need to remember the value of your time and be careful when making plans in the first place:

Don’t over-commit. Don’t flake. Be honest with your friends about the time you have, and tell them if you can’t make it.

Finally, when all else fails, Dale Satterly suggests the go-to white lie:

The end goal is to not make plans you can’t keep, but it’s not always possible and things are bound to come up. How about you? How do you flake out on plans and still keep your friends?

How to arrange bail at no cost

Getting stuck in jail can be very harsh and frustrating, especially if you don’t have any money to pay off your bail. But what happens when you don’t pay it off? How long do you have to stay in jail? Every trial is different and each person is unique to how long they are stuck in jail awaiting their trial. However, if you do not pay your bail money, you can expect to be in jail until the end of your hearing has been completed, which can be weeks to months or even years. Some bail amounts can be as high as a thousand dollars or more in some cases.

How to arrange bail at no cost

Is there a way to get out of jail without paying my bail?

Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a way to slip out of jail without paying your bail money? While it seems like it would be a dream come true, it’s just a dream. One that sadly is close to impossible. If you are stuck in jail and don’t have a way to pay off your bail, it might be wise to start looking for help, besides you don’t know how long you will be stuck awaiting your trial. Some of the people you can ask for some extra cash to pay off your bail is family, close relatives, and friends. You might even be lucky to get some help from your church community seeing as if you attend church. Another way to pay off your bail is by calling a bail bondsman that can do it for you. A bail bond agent will have you pay only a fraction of the cost for a bond, and they will pay the rest to the court. The only thing is you won’t be getting the money back after you’ve shown up to court for your trial. Instead, the bail bond company will use the fraction as part of your payment for using them. Not bad, though, beats having to wait in jail until your trial is completed.В

How to arrange bail at no cost

How long do I have to stay in jail if I can’t afford bail?

Depending on the reason you were placed in jail and the amount of bail you have on your record, you can be stuck in jail for anywhere between a week to years. With that being said, trials are going on every day all around the world, and it’s hard to get your trial completed within a week. You will usually be stuck in jail until the end of your hearing if you are unable to post bail.

How to arrange bail at no cost

Call a bail bond agent to pay your bail for you

There are bail bondsmen all around the world; if you’re in Utah, you may want to consider hiring our agency, Sportsman’s Bail Bonds. We have the best team of agents and we get you out of jail faster than ever. Call today to see what we can do for you. If you do end up calling a bail bond agent they will usually meet up with you at the jail bringing all the paperwork necessary to get you out; you’ll be able to sign the papers and the bail bondsman will worry about everything else and get you home to your family. You will still have to pay a fraction of the bail to the bondsman for them to pay the bail to the court, in order to get you out of jail.

If you find yourself being charged for any crime, be sure to inform yourself of the current laws on bail. A bail bond agent can help you pay for bail so you can prepare for your trial.

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When someone you know has been arrested, they may turn to you for help in posting their bail. If you agree to help them, you will have the option to either pay the full bail amount directly to the court or jail or to use the services of a bail bondsman. When you sign a bail bond contract with a licensed bail bond company, you become known as the “indemnitor”. This means that you are assuming responsibility to the court and the bail agent.

A Bail Bond Is A Legal Contract
As the signer of a bail bond contract, you are guaranteeing that the defendant will show up for court. In many cases where the defendant fails to appear, it is a simple situation such as an illness, car trouble, or just forgetting the date of the court hearing. Situations such as these are understandable and can be resolved easily by reinstating the bond and rescheduling a new court date.

Failure To Appear In Court
There are occasionally instances where the defendant has no intention of making court appearance once they’ve been bailed out. If you have any reason to believe that the defendant will purposefully skip court or even leave the area, do not consider bailing them out. You won’t be criminally liable for the defendant’s actions, but you will be civilly liable.

It is important for you to understand the bail bonds process and your responsibilities as an indemnitor before you enter into a bail bond contract on someone else’s behalf. As signer you are responsible for the defendant’s appearance at every court date. If they fail to appear in court, you are responsible to help the bondsman get the defendant back into court or jail.

Making The Decision For A Bail Bond
If someone you know has been arrested, you may want to do what you can to bail them out so they won’t have to spend too long in jail. Before making what could be a very costly decision, think it over carefully. If you have any reason to believe that he or she will refuse to appear in court once they’ve been released, don’t arrange bail for them. It may seem very harsh to just let them sit in jail during their court proceedings, which could last weeks, months, or even years, but it would be a great financial liability to you if you posted a bond for them and they decided to leave the area instead of handling their legal issues.

Once a person is in police custody and is charged with an alleged offense, he or she may be able to get out of jail by posting bail or obtaining a bond. A judge determines the amount of bail based on factors like the severity of the alleged offense, the likelihood that the defendant will commit additional crimes after being released, and the chances that the defendant will flee the jurisdiction before trial. A judge may set bail at any amount that is not objectively unreasonable or deny bail altogether. The Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits “excessive bail” but does not state that courts are required to allow bail.

Bail vs. Bond

The words “bail” and “bond” are often used almost interchangeably when discussing jail release, and while they are closely related to each other, they are not the same thing. Bail is the money a defendant must pay in order to get out of jail. A bond is posted on a defendant’s behalf, usually by a bail bond company, to secure his or her release.

Defendants with pending warrants are usually not eligible for bail.

Bail is not intended as a punishment in itself. It is rather a way of securing a defendant’s agreement to abide by certain conditions and return to court. In that sense, bail is like collateral left with the court to ensure that, after the defendant’s release from jail, he or she will return for the remaining parts of the criminal case. If the defendant fails to appear or violates the conditions of the release, he or she might forfeit the amount paid. If the defendant posted a bond, the bail bond company forfeits the money, as discussed below.

Bail Hearing

After a person’s arrest, a judge or other court officer will set the amount of bail, along with any other conditions for his or her release from jail. Factors to consider that could weigh against bail include flight risk and risk to the public of further criminal activity. Factors that might be favorable to granting bail include a lack of prior criminal history and ties to the community. Possible rulings in a bail hearing include:

Release on Own Recognizance: The defendant is released from jail in exchange for signing an agreement promising to return to court and abide by other conditions.

Personal Bond: The defendant is released upon signing a bond, which states that he or she will be liable for criminal, and in some cases civil, penalties if he or she fails to appear in court.

Bail Set with Terms of Release: The defendant may go free by posting bail in the amount set by the court, either by paying it directly or obtaining a surety bond through a bail bond company.

Denial of Bail: The defendant is deemed too much of a flight risk or a risk to the public.

Bail jumping is a crime in and of itself, so a defendant who does not return to court not only forfeits their bail but also can be charged with another crime.

Bail Bond Companies

Bail is often set in amounts that are beyond the financial capabilities of most people. Bail bond companies are, in most states, for-profit businesses that charge a nonrefundable fee, usually 10 to 20 percent of the bail amount, to post bail for a defendant.

The bail bond company signs a contract, known as a surety bond, in which it agrees to be liable for the full bail amount if the defendant fails to appear in court or otherwise forfeits his or her bail. Since the bail bond company is potentially on the hook for a large sum of money, it may require the defendant to check in on a regular basis, or even consent to be monitored by the company. The next step for a bail bond company, if the defendant fails to appear in court, might be to retain the services of a bail recovery agent, sometimes known as a bounty hunter.

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The New Inquiry is pleased to announce the launch of Bail Bloc, a desktop application that uses computer processing power to get people out of jail.

What are you donating when you run Bail Bloc?

Your computer is being used to verify transactions for the Monero cryptocurrency ledger. This process of reward is known as “mining” and is an incentive to participate in the upkeep of the network. When you run Bail Bloc, you are donating a small percentage of your overall computing power to this task, which results in money for bailing people out of pre-trial detention.

Why Monero?

Monero is an ASIC-resistant cryptocurrency, which means two things: that computers designed for the singular purpose of mining cryptocurrency are unable to mine it, and that consumer-level computers can mine it in a financially viable way. It also has a stable value relative to other high value cryptocurrencies. The open source code base for Monero mining software made this a tenable project for our team.

Doesn’t mining have a large environmental footprint?

Mining cryptocurrency requires energy. It is important to make the distinction, however, between Monero mining and Bitcoin mining. The latter has been in the news for its considerable environmental impact. Bail Bloc is a very small mining operation compared to what is referenced in those articles. “Bitcoin Farms” generate hundreds of thousands of dollars per day; Bail Bloc, on the other hand, generates–on an individual level–mere cents per day. Bail Bloc is set to utilize only an additional 10-25% of your computing power, and so your environmental impact will be 10-25% greater than is usual for your computer.

Will my electricity bill go up?

On an individual level, the funds generated by Bail Bloc are negligible (we estimate that each computer will generate $3-5 per month), and so the increase in your electricity bill should be negligible too. If you’re worried about even a small increase in your electricity bill–we’re talking $1-2–try using Bail Bloc in a place where an institution pays the bills and allows you to run moderate computing tasks (e.g. gaming or watching YouTube videos). For example, at your place of employment, at school, or at a gentrifying coffee shop.

Does Bail Bloc cost more to mine in electricity than it donates toward posting bail?

No. With many cryptocurrencies this is the case, but as can be verified with hashrate per wattage calculators, mining Monero is financially viable even when considering the cost of electricity.

Even so, isn’t it more efficient to just donate cash directly?

Directly routing money to nonprofits is, of course, the most efficient means of donation. We encourage everyone who has the means to donate directly to their community bail funds in addition to running Bail Bloc. If your community doesn’t yet have a bail fund, we suggest you organize to create one, and in the meantime give money to the individuals and families forced to bear the burden of posting bail on their own.

As a non-profit, The New Inquiry has seen first-hand how difficult it is to encourage individuals to donate out of their own pockets, especially when those individuals don’t have direct access to capital, which is true for the vast majority of our readership. Bail Bloc was not designed to replace any of these other fundraising efforts–it was designed to accompany them.

This project is also greater than the sum of its parts, or the sum of its hashrate; This is as much about catapulting a radical criticism of bail into the public imagination as it is about raising bail funds via cryptocurrency. This project seeks to engage people in a dialog about the fact that the justice system takes as a basic assumption that poor people will not be able to afford bail. Bail Bloc is one tool, among many, to support the varied, long-standing movement for abolition.

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The Purpose of a Bail Bond

If you are arrested in Minnesota, the state constitution prohibits you from being held in custody without a bail being set. A judge can set either an unconditional bail or a conditional bail. When setting conditions, the judge can choose to do the following:

Place you under supervision

Prohibit travel, association with others, and/or residence

Order an appearance bond, cash deposit, or another form of insurance

Impose other conditions deemed necessary to ensure you appear in court

If you cannot afford to post bail, you can pay a non-refundable premium to a bail bonds MN company to post bail on your behalf through a bail bond. In Minnesota, your local bail bondsman cannot charge a premium that is more than 10% of your total bail amount.

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With our combined 20 years of Midwest bail bonding experience, our team at Northstar Bail Bonds is committed to your success. We exceed the industry’s standards by providing superior customer support the moment you become our client. We issue court date reminders and arrange transportation to and from the courthouse. To prevent you from going back into custody, we offer resources to help you get back on your feet. Our A rating from the Better Business Bureau ensures that our Midwest bail bonds company is one you can trust.

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We have a full staff of local bonds agents ready to serve the entire state of Minnesota. The complete list of locations we service can be found here . We offer bail bond services for when you are in custody or out of custody such as unconditional bail bonds, conditional bail bonds, and warrant resolution.

Our 24hr bail bonds service provides the close support you need throughout your entire ordeal. If you cannot afford to pay your bond, we offer flexible payment plans to fit your financial situation. With our unconditional bail bonds, you can achieve freedom from court restrictions.

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Northstar Bail Bonds is committed to getting your life back to normal. Whether you need a North Country bail bonds agent or you are searching for the most competitively priced bail bonds Minneapolis has to offer, look no further. Contact one of our local bail bond MN agents today and be one step closer to freedom.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do bail bonds work in MN? After an arrest, you have the option to post or pay bail to be released from custody. You can choose to hire a bonds agent to issue you a bail bond for the purpose of posting your entire bail.

How much bail do you have to pay in Minnesota? In Minnesota, a bonds agent cannot charge you more than 10% of the bail amount set by your judge. Depending on the type of case, your bail amount can range from $100 to more than $100,000. If you opt for a bail bond, you need only to pay up to 10% of the bail upfront to your bonds agent.

Can you be denied bail in Minnesota? You can be denied bail if the judge concludes that you are a “danger to society.”

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When the bond has been ordered exonerated by the court. This happens when:

· The charges are dropped.
· The person enters into a negotiated plea and is sentenced.
· The person is granted deferred entry of judgement.
· The person is found innocent at trial.
· The person is sentenced at trial. Of course, the Collateral will only be returned if there is no outstanding balance due on the Premium.

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Our bail bond directory helps you learn about the bail bond process in Kentucky so you can get in touch with the right people in order to get your loved one out of jail. We answer many important questions on how bail bonds work in Kentucky and how much bail bonds cost.

Upon arrest anywhere in the state of Kentucky, a person must be processed at the local county jail. To be released from jail, a few steps must occur, including being “booked in” and posting bail. Once the bail amount is confirmed, you can work with the jail directly to post the payment. The jail serves the role of a bail bondsman, so you won’t need to contact a commercial bail bond company to be released in Kentucky.

In Kentucky, the state will take a non-refundable 10% payment for your bail amount and you can be released from jail. The processing time typically can take anywhere from one to two hours to be completed. While cash bonds are acceptable, it is usually not frequently done due to it’s high expense, but you can certainly pay the Kentucky jail the full bail amount and get all of it back, minus court and administrative fees, upon attending all court dates.

After release, you are expected to make all court dates. If you miss a court date, a warrant for your arrest will be issued and you will land back in a Kentucky jail. Make sure you understand all rules in place after leaving jail, such as any check-ins with your officer, drug testing, rules on leaving the state, etc.

When it comes to the question of “How much does a bail bond cost?“, Kentucky is a state where private bail bonds cannot be written. Since 1976, Kentucky has banned the private, commercial bail bond industry. No. KRS 431.510 makes it illegal to offer bail bonds in the state which means there is no formal fee structure that we see in other states.

Kentucky has Pretrial Services which handles recommendation to the court on pre-trial releases. An officers interviews the arrested person within 24 hours and makes a recommendation to the court for release based on the person’s prior criminal history, flight risk, employment, and other factors. If it’s determined the person can be released, various scenarios can be explored. Similarly to using a bail bondsman, you will pay the state a 10% bail bond fee to be released. There simply isn’t a middle man in this process which the state of Kentucky prefers. You can also be released by paying the full amount in cash or putting property up. Low flight risk, little criminal history, and a low-income situations may offer additional flexibility as the state wants to avoid discriminator practices that may hurt someone’s long term success in life.

The cash bail system is unfair to low-income people and people of color, but there are ways to fix it.

The United States is one of the only coun­tries in the world with a cash bail system that is domin­ated by commer­cial bail bonds­men. This system discrim­in­ates against people of color and the poor, and it is in dire need of reform. Some states and cities are making progress, but much more work is needed to bring fair­ness to this corner of the crim­inal justice system.

Pretrial detain­ees make up more than 70 percent of the U.S. jail popu­la­tion — approx­im­ately 536,000 people. Many of them are only there because they can’t afford bail.

What is cash bail?

Cash bail is used as a guar­an­tee that a defend­ant will return for a trial or hear­ings. The money is returned after they make all neces­sary court appear­ances, other­wise the bail is forfeited to the govern­ment.

In most places, a stand­ard bail amount is set for any alleged offense, but judges typic­ally have broad discre­tion to raise or lower it. The judge could also waive bail entirely and release a defend­ant on their “own recog­niz­ance,” which means that a person prom­ises that they will show up when they’re supposed to.

What if a person can’t afford to pay bail?

If a defend­ant is unable to pay his or her court-determ­ined bail amount, the person can try to use a private bail bond company. These compan­ies agree to be respons­ible for the defend­ant’s bail oblig­a­tion in exchange for a nonre­fund­able fee, called a bond premium, that is gener­ally 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount. The remainder is secured via collat­eral — a car, house, jewelry, etc. If a defend­ant misses a court appear­ance and the bond company pays, the company will use the collat­eral to recoup the full amount.

What are the effects of wait­ing in jail for trial?

Defend­ants who don’t have the funds to pay a bond premium are forced to await trial in jail. Pretrial deten­tion has dramat­ic­ally negat­ive effects on the outcome of a defend­ant’s case: those who are held pretrial are four times more likely to be sentenced to prison than defend­ants released prior to trial. Pretrial detain­ees are also likely to make hurried decisions to plead guilty to a lower charge to spend less time behind bars rather than chan­cing a higher charge and longer sentence at trial.

In addi­tion, the psycho­lo­gical trauma of unne­ces­sary pretrial deten­tion can be devast­at­ing. Kalief Browder was a 16-year-old accused of steal­ing a back­pack in New York City. Bail was set at $3,000, and his family could­n’t pay it. Browder languished in jail for three years await­ing trial, spend­ing much of the time in solit­ary confine­ment. Even­tu­ally, prosec­utors dropped the charges against him, but the damage was done — Browder commit­ted suicide soon after his release.

Who is hurt most by cash bail?

Bail prac­tices are frequently discrim­in­at­ory, with Black and Latino men assessed higher bail amounts than white men for similar crimes by 35 and 19 percent on aver­age, respect­ively. These discrim­in­at­ory prac­tices are clearly seen in Mary­land, where Black defend­ants were charged over double the amount of bond premi­ums than all other races put together, even though Blacks comprise only 30 percent of Maryland’s popu­la­tion.

How can the cash bail system be reformed?

Reforms have been proposed to curb the use of cash bail or elim­in­ate it alto­gether. In Febru­ary 2021, Illinois became the first state to end the prac­tice across the board. Initi­at­ives in cities like Phil­adelphia have ended the use of cash bail for low-level offend­ers. The move allowed author­it­ies to release over 1,700 people who were await­ing trial; an assess­ment found no negat­ive impact on recidiv­ism or courtroom appear­ance rates. In fact, the city’s First Judi­cial District repor­ted record-high appear­ance rates.

New York City insti­tuted an altern­at­ive-to-bail project in 2016, called the Super­vised Release Program. It gives judges the discre­tion to release defend­ants unable to afford bail, under the condi­tion that they peri­od­ic­ally meet with social work­ers and complete regu­lar phone check-ins. By March 2019, the program had delivered an 88 percent court appear­ance outcome, compar­able to results of a defend­ant being released on their own recog­niz­ance or bail.

Else­where at the state level, New Jersey effect­ively elim­in­ated mandat­ory cash bail in 2017, and defend­ants now have the presump­tion of release. The reforms determ­ine whether someone has to pay cash bail by calcu­lat­ing the risk of recidiv­ism based on a compu­ter­ized algorithm. Although algorithms can be prob­lem­atic because they can serve to rein­force the many biases that are present in soci­ety in general and the crim­inal justice system in partic­u­lar, this program has been a success. Since its applic­a­tion, the number of people held in pretrial deten­tion decreased by 67 percent.

In New York, a law elim­in­at­ing bail for those charged with certain misde­mean­ors, most nonvi­ol­ent felon­ies, and two felon­ies clas­si­fied as viol­ent took effect in 2020. Under this law, judges must either release defend­ants on their own recog­niz­ance or provide a non-monet­ary avenue to seek to ensure their court appear­ance. Judi­cial discre­tion in setting bail is main­tained for those charged with almost all viol­ent felon­ies and certain nonvi­ol­ent felon­ies such as sex offenses and witness tamper­ing.

The examples from these places are prom­ising, and many more state and local govern­ments should follow their lead. Until then, unfair cash bail prac­tices will endure nation­wide, result­ing in dramat­ic­ally differ­ent consequences based on race or wealth.

There are four ways to check if you have a warrant for your arrest in Arizona.

Best Way to Check for Arizona Warrants

The easiest option is to search the state’s public court information database online.

You can perform a simple search with just your last name, though it helps to include your first name, date of birth, and the issuing court.

You can also perform a search based on the case number and issuing court, if you have access to that information.

The other three options to search for warrants in Arizona involve picking up the phone.

Alternative Ways

First, try calling the Criminal Court Administration Information Desk at 602 – 506 – 8575.

If they can’t help you, call the Arizona Department of Public Safety at 602 – 223 – 2233.

The fourth and final option is to speak with local law enforcement, either with the Sherriff’s office or local police.

This may be necessary if your warrant is issued in a county or city that doesn’t publish court information to the state’s public court information database.

You can also do this in person, though it’s usually best to speak with local law enforcement by phone if you want to avoid being arrested on the spot.

There are some private companies and websites that offer warrant searches, but these are an unnecessary expense when you can get the information on your own for free.

If you’re having any trouble tracking down warrant information, it’s better to speak with an attorney who can check the court records and give you detailed information.

Are Any Cases Excluded From an Online Public Records Search?

You shouldn’t have any issues finding information on warrants using the online public records database, but there are several types of cases that will be excluded from search results.

These include probate cases, mental health cases, sealed cases, witness data, victim data, and any cases with Orders of Protection that have yet to be served.

Some juvenile cases may be displayed online (such as traffic cases), but juvenile delinquency/incorrigible case information is unavailable online.

Finally, any charges stemming from local ordinance violations are not included online.

Courts With a Separate Record Search Web Portal

There are a number of courts that maintain their own web portal for public records. These include:

Types of Warrants Issued in Arizona

There are three types of arrest warrants that are commonly issued in Arizona:

  • Bench warrants – a judge will issue a bench warrant when a defendant fails to appear for a scheduled court hearing. These are commonly used in child support cases, traffic court, and probation violations. The goal of a bench warrant is to compel the defendant to appear in court, either by appearing voluntarily or by allowing local police to arrest and detain the defendant until they can be brought to court.
  • Arrest warrants – sometimes referred to as criminal warrants, an arrest warrant is typically issued when law enforcement presents evidence to the court that a suspect is guilty of a crime. Criminal arrest warrants are significantly more serious than bench warrants, and should never be taken lightly.
  • Search warrants – a search warrant may be issued by the court based on probable cause, and it allows law enforcement to search and seize property.

How Long Do Warrants Remain in Effect?

Warrants in Arizona do not have an expiration date.

They remain in effect indefinitely until the defendant is arrested or voluntarily turns themselves in.

A warrant can only be resolved, cancelled, or “quashed” by the court that originally issued the warrant.

What to Do if You Discover That You Have a Warrant for Your Arrest

If you discover that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you should speak with an attorney as soon as possible.

Once you retain legal representation, the attorney can confirm the facts of your warrant and file a motion to quash or resolve the warrant.

If a court appearance is necessary, the attorney may be able to appear in court on your behalf so that you can avoid getting arrested.

In some cases—notably when you have a criminal arrest warrant—your arrest may be unavoidable.

Even if the charges against you are false, you may still need to turn yourself in until you can prove your case in court.

The good news, however, is that an experienced criminal defense attorney should be able to work with law enforcement and the court ahead of time to minimize the impact of your arrest, and to arrange for your release on bail as soon as possible.

If you’re lucky the judge may even be willing to release you on your own recognizance, without having to pay bail.

You’ll still be required to appear in court for hearings and comply with any court orders, but at least you won’t have to wait in jail.

What to Do if You Get Arrested

As long as you meet with an attorney before voluntarily turning yourself in, your attorney will ensure you are prepared for the arrest, interrogation, and/or court appearance.

If you get caught by police before you have a chance to speak with an attorney, there are four important things to remember:

  1. Don’t provide any information besides your name and address
  2. Don’t offer an alibi, excuse, story, or explanation to the police (you can present a solid defense later with the help of your attorney)
  3. Ask to speak with an attorney as soon as possible
  4. Refrain from reaching a deal or agreement with the police or the prosecutor until you’ve spoken with an attorney

Can You Get Arrested for an Out-of-State Warrant?

If you have a state or federal arrest warrant, you can be arrested in Arizona and extradited to the state that issued the warrant.

Bench warrants aren’t always shared with other states, and they may not even be enforced outside of the city or county that issued the bench warrant.

That said, there’s always a credible risk that you will be arrested for any outstanding warrant, so it’s best to be proactive and work with an attorney to resolve your warrant before you are arrested.

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Our expertly written guide provides all you need to know about bail bonds in Benton County, AR. We cover critical information dealing with how bail works and what fees and costs you should expect to be charged when looking to bail someone out of Benton County, AR Jail. Learn about common bail amounts, locate nearby bail bondsmen, jails, sheriff’s offices, and learn more about common crimes that occur in Benton County, AR.

We pride ourselves on giving you a comprehensive guide knowing the stress that comes with having someone in jail. We include information on resources that may be useful during this time, like contact information for criminal defense attorneys, and even nearby job centers to help those that may have lost their jobs while under arrest.

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Bail Bondsmen in Benton County, AR

Our bail bonds listings cover all nearby bail bondsmen that service the Benton County jail. Find contact information for each bail bonds company, and be sure to ask about payment plans and low % down options. When calling a bail bondsmen, you will need the first and last name of the arrested person and the name of the county jail they are located in.

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How do bail bonds work in Benton County, AR?

To better understand how bail bonds work in Arkansas, we need to look at the bail options available to you, as well as the process you will go through after your arrest. A person must be processed at the local county jail after being arrested in Arkansas. To be released from jail, several steps must occur, including being ‘booked in’ and posting bail. When the bail bond amount is decided, a bail bonds agent can be called to post the bail bond at the local jail. Using the service of a bail bondsman typically requires collateral and someone to co-sign on the bail bond.

Besides using a bail bondsman, you should know all bail options that exist in Arkansas in order to be released from jail. Bail bondsmen will fall under surety, or bail bonds, which will cost you a small percentage of the total bail amount. You cannot get this bail bond fee back, no matter if you are guilty or not, or if charges are dropped. It’s the cost of using a bail bondsman and the risk they take. To avoid the fee, you have a few other options in Arkansas. You can be released from jail on Own Recognizance (OR) which is typically used on smaller crimes committed where the judge finds you low risk and has strong confidence that you will show up to court. You can also be released from an Arkansas jail by using a Property Bond. You will need personal property or land/home value that’s equal or greater than the bail amount.

After bail is posted, the release process starts and typically takes anywhere from 1-2 hours to complete.

We highly recommend reading of our complete guide on how bail bonds work to learn more about the bail process. If you are attempting to bail someone out from another state, you can talk with your local bondsman – that’s the bondman in your county, and not the state where the person is detained.

How much does a bail bond cost in Benton County, AR?

You or your loved one might be in a desperate situation to get out of jail as soon as possible, but knowing the fee structure will help you make the best decision when deciding on using a bail bond. In Arkansas, the minimum bail bond fee for a surety bond is $50. The cost is usually higher but the maximum a bail bondsman can charge you for the bail bond in Arkansas is 10% of the bail amount, as legally outlined in Arkansas Code 17-19-301. 10% is a competitive rate in the bail industry and falls within the norm of most US states.

Please note that 10% is the maximum that can be charged, so please call a few of our bail bondsman to see if anyone has a lower option for you. Ask for all the details involved with the bail bond, like any requirements on out-of-state travel, frequency of phone and in-person check-ins, any GPS tracking – these factors are not part of the bail bond fee but play an important role in which bail bondman you choose.

We recommend reading our guide on how much bail costs for a deep dive into fees bondsmen charge. It’s also critical to understand that you do not get bail money back, specifically the 10% bail fee back from the bondsman.

Just a fraction of the bail fund has been used on protesters and rioters

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A bail fund promoted by Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris and many staffers on Joe Biden’s campaign helped release an accused child abuser, documents obtained by Fox News indicate.

Timothy Wayne Columbus, a 36-year-old-man, is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly penetrating a girl in 2015 when she was about 8 years old. A warrant was issued for his arrest on June 25. But he was later bailed out of jail and according to a court document, filed to have his bail money returned to Minnesota Freedom Fund (MFF), the organization Harris and many Biden staffers asked their followers to donate to during the rioting in Minneapolis earlier this year.

The story was first reported by Alpha News MN and The Daily Caller.

“If you’re able to, chip in now to the @MNFreedomFund to help post bail for those protesting on the ground in Minnesota,” Harris tweeted on June 1.

The allegations against Columbus are macabre. The arrest warrant in the case states that the girl Columbus allegedly assaulted lived with her grandmother, who regularly spent time with her friend “Tim,” while the girl was seven and eight years old. When the girl was about eight, the victim told police, “‘Tim’ laid her on her couch and held her down as he unbuckled his pants and then pulled down her pants. Victim stated he then ‘put his thing inside me.'”

The warrant continues: “Victim states ‘Tim’ told her not to tell anyone and continued to penetrate her. Victim did not tell anyone what happened at the time but years later told a family member.”

The warrant also says that the grandmother said she has seen Columbus tell the girl “This is our secret” at one point and that the grandmother suspected Columbus had hurt the girl in some way. The girl’s mother said ‘she learned years later ‘something happened.'”

The maximum sentence for the crimes Columbus is accused of is 30 years in prison. Columbus denied the allegations to police.

Bail money is essentially collateral to ensure a person shows up for future court dates. If a person pays bail, then appears for their court dates, that money is refunded. When bail funds like MFF pay bail for people, they have the defendants — in this case Columbus — sign documents requesting that the money be returned to the fund. This allows the bail funds to then use the money to pay somebody else’s bail in the future, unless a defendant does not show up for their court date. Then the bail fund simply loses the money.

In Columbus’ case, bail was set at $75,000 for conditional release and $300,000 for unconditional release. The document on which Columbus requests his bail money be returned to MFF does not indicate the amount. But a July 1 order recorded on the Minnesota courts website indicates that Judge Tamara Garcia ordered Columbus’ conditional release.

Columbus is not the first alleged violent criminal MFF has helped secure the release of.

FOX 9 reported earlier this summer that MFF had raised $35 million in the wake of George Floyd’s death in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department. A recent update on its website indicates that it has spent at least $3,475,000 bailing people out of jail in recent months, with just $210,000 of that being spent bailing out protesters and rioters who were arrested in the unrest immediately following Floyd’s death.

FOX 9 also first exposed some of the non-protesters being bailed out by MFF, including Darnika Floyd, who was charged with second-degree murder after allegedly stabbing a friend to death, and Christopher Boswell, who is facing charges of sexual assault and kidnapping. The group put up $100,000 on behalf of Floyd and $350,000 on behalf of Boswell.

Boswell had previously been convicted twice on sexual assault charges and was prosecuted by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., when she was the Hennepin County attorney.

MFF has an official policy that it does “not make determinations of bail support based on the crimes that individuals are alleged to have committed.”

“MFF believes that every individual who has been arrested by the police is innocent until proven guilty, and if a judge deems them eligible for bail, they should not have to wait in jail simply because they don’t have the same income or resources as others with more privilege,” MFF says on its website.

The Biden campaign is in favor of ending cash bail on the grounds that it is discriminatory against those who don’t have the financial means to pay their bail.

“Cash bail is the modern-day debtors’ prison,” it says on its website. “The cash bail system incarcerates people who are presumed innocent. And, it disproportionately harms low-income individuals. Biden will lead a national effort to end cash bail and reform our pretrial system by putting in place, instead, a system that is fair and does not inject further discrimination or bias into the process.”

In addition to Harris, numerous Biden staffers promoted the Minnesota Freedom Fund during the George Floyd riots.

“While massive criminal justice and immigration reform is needed immediately we have to do what we can now. Let’s continue to support @MNFreedomFund. #GeorgeFloyd Who’s Next?” one Biden organizer named Patrick McCarthy tweeted.

“Cash bail is discrimination against the poor and must be abolished Let’s keep up this support for the @MNFreedomFund. Who’s next?” another named Sal DeFrancesco said.

Reuters reported at least 13 Biden staffers publicized donations to MFF.

Republicans and the Trump campaign have slammed the Biden campaign over the donations to the group that helped bail out not only rioters by also people accused of serious violent crimes.

“Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have to answer for why they supported a group that helped a man accused of sexually penetrating a child,” Republican National Committee Rapid Response Director Steve Guest said Thursday.

“As vice president, Joe Biden oversaw cuts to police funding and now as a candidate he says he wants to redirect funding away from police,” Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh said in a statement on a previous report about MFF. “His staff mocked police as worse than ‘pigs,’ called for defunding the police, and now we know his campaign helped bail out violent criminals, rapists and would-be cop killers.”

The Biden campaign did not immediately return a request for comment on this report.

In addition to the latest arrest, prosecutors say Thomas Moseley is under investigation in another matter

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A man who was twice bailed out of jail in separate cases by a fund supported by Vice President Kamala Harris has been arrested again while under investigation for another possible case, Minnesota prosecutors said.

According to the Hennepin County Attorney’s office, Thomas Moseley, 29, had been arrested and released in cases involving allegations that include damaging a police precinct in August and rioting in December. He was arrested again on Jan. 27, just 22 days after his latest release. During that span, he is also suspected of trying to illegally purchase a gun, and officers are investigating that matter.

Moseley is facing three new felony counts of fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance while in possession of a firearm for allegedly having marijuana, cocaine and psilocyn mushrooms.

“In the two previously mentioned cases,” the new criminal complaint says, referred to property damage and gun possession charges, “the Defendant was able to secure unconditional release after the Minnesota Freedom Fund posted $5,000 cash in addition to a bond that had been previously secured. In a third now-pending case, the Defendant was then charged with Riot in the Second Degree from an event that occurred on December 31, 2020.”

The complaint goes on to say that in that case, the Minnesota Freedom Fund again secured Moseley’s release, that time posting $60,000 bail.

The Minnesota Freedom Fund says it is “part of a larger movement to end the harms of money bail and jailing people for poverty.” The organization received support from then-Sen. Harris in June.

“If you’re able to, chip in now to the @MNFreedomFund to help post bail for those protesting on the ground in Minnesota,” Harris tweeted.

A FOX 9 report from August revealed that the organization bailed out individuals including Darnika Floyd, who was charged with second-degree murder after allegedly stabbing a friend to death, and Christopher Boswell, who is facing charges of sexual assault and kidnapping. The group put up $100,000 on behalf of Floyd and $350,000 on behalf of Boswell.

As for Moseley, his latest arrest stems from events arising from his apprehension in October, but he is also under investigation on suspicion that he allegedly used straw buyers to buy a semiautomatic weapon from a store on Jan. 7 and Jan. 12. He had just been released in one of his other cases on Jan. 5, jail records show.

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Thomas Moseley mug shot. (Photo: Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office) ((Photo: Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office))

On Oct. 15, 2020, Moseley was apprehended during a protest during a court appearance for the former officers involved in the police encounter that led to George Floyd’s death. Officers who saw Moseley in the courthouse knew that Moseley had already been suspected of damaging a police precinct on Aug. 15, and they arrested him for that. During the arrest, they allegedly found a gun in his waistband.

The new criminal complaint states that after the October arrest, police obtained a search warrant for Moseley’s truck after officers noticed the smell of marijuana and what appeared to be a gun case in the car. After performing a search, police recovered marijuana, cocaine and psilocyn mushrooms, as well as several handguns, a rifle, a shotgun, ammunition and other items including a hatchet, crowbar, gas mask and spray paint can. More weapons and marijuana were then found at Moseley’s home, the complaint says.

On Jan. 10, tests confirmed the nature of the drugs, and Moseley was arrested later in the month and bail was set at $250,000. According to Hennepin County Jail records, he remains in custody.

Fox News’ Tyler Olson contributed to this report.

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You can be considerate and respectful – and still say no to a colleague. Sometimes, the most respectful thing for you, for your company and even for the colleague who is asking you to take on more is to say, “No.” Here are some tips for how to decline a request graciously:

Think before you respond.

If possible, don’t give your answer immediately. You can weigh your options and limitations and get back to the person later. And then be sure to do so.

Say: “To be honest, I’m not sure if I can help you this time because of my workload. I’m afraid I might not be able to give it my full attention. But let me look at my schedule and get back to you on that tomorrow morning.”

Accentuate the positive.

Appreciate the opportunity and still say no.

Say: “I’m glad that we work closely enough that you feel you could ask me this. I’m sorry I can’t help you this time—I have a couple other deadlines I have to meet.”

Give a reason when possible—not a fabrication.

You want your colleague to feel positive as he or she walks away, so the reason needs to be real. Lies will always come back to bite you.

Be straightforward about the future.

If you don’t want to leave the door open for a next ask, be clear.

State your reason and then stop talking.

Say: “I appreciate your request but I have other priorities and can’t take on the extra work.”

Listen to their response.

Sometimes when you say no, your colleague will understand; other times, he or she might be angry or annoyed. You will build the relationship by listening to their angst—and acknowledging it.

Say: “I understand you’re in a bind, and you know I’d help if I could.”

Stand your ground.

Don’t give in to flattery or bullying. You need to remember that the problem is his or hers—not yours.

By Dominic Casciani
Home and legal correspondent

Julian Assange will remain in jail as he continues to fight against extradition to the United States.

District Judge Vanessa Baraitser said there were substantial grounds to believe he would abscond.

On Monday, she ruled the Wikileaks founder cannot be extradited to the US because he might kill himself.

The US is now appealing that decision – and had opposed releasing the 49-year-old from a maximum security prison before the case is heard.

Mr Assange, who was wearing a dark suit and face mask, was not seen to react to the decision at Westminster Magistrates Court.

He’s been held in prison since 2019, after hiding for seven years inside the Ecuadorian Embassy to avoid extradition.

US prosecutors want to put him on trial for hacking and disclosing classified information – including the identities of informants who were helping intelligence agencies in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere.

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In her ruling, DJ Baraitser said Mr Assange still had the incentive to abscond.

“He is willing to flout the order of this court,” she said. “As a matter of fairness, the US must be allowed to challenge my decision and if Mr Assange absconds during this process they will lose the opportunity to do so.”

During the bail application, Mr Assange’s barrister Ed Fitzgerald QC said his client had been offered a London home by a supporter, where he could be with his partner and their two young children – but also compelled to remain under the strictest bail conditions.

“Your decision [on Monday] changes everything and it certainly changes any motive to abscond,” said Mr Fitzgerald.

“On any view. [Mr Assange] would be safer isolating with his family in the community, subject to severe restrictions, than if he were in Belmarsh which has, very recently, had a severe outbreak. (of coronavirus). He wishes to live a sheltered life with his family.”

But Clair Dobbin, for the USA, told the court Mr Assange had the “resources, abilities and the sheer wherewithal” to secretly arrange a flight to another country.

“[Mr Assange] regards himself as above the law and no cost is too great, whether that cost be to himself or others,” said the barrister.

Julian Assange’s partner, Stella Moris, was among a large group of his supporters who had gathered at court.

“This a huge disappointment,” she said. “Julian should not be in Belmarsh prison in the first place. I urge the [US] Department of Justice to drop the charges and the President of the United States to pardon Julian.”

District Judge Baraitser blocked Julian Assange’s extradition on Monday, ruling that that while he had a case to answer, he was so mentally unwell that the US authorities could not guarantee he would not kill himself once inside a maximum security prison in the country.

The USA’s appeal against that ruling – which will go to more senior judges later this year – will challenge that finding.

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District Attorney George Gascón’s supports the use of a computer algorithm in the city’s bail system to predict whether a defendant might re-offend or bolt if freed from jail. Paul Chinn/The Chronicle

San Francisco is seeking to modernize its bail system by using a computer algorithm to predict whether a defendant might re-offend or bolt if freed from jail, an effort to reform long-standing practices that many in the city’s justice system believe penalized the poor and opened up potential racial bias.

Judges in San Francisco, as in many other California jurisdictions, have long relied on state guidelines that assign bail amounts based on a defendant’s charges, along with case-manager assessments of inmates that some say are prone to subjective interpretation.

Critics complained that many defendants suitable for release were forced to spend weeks or months behind bars before trial simply because they couldn’t raise the thousands of dollars needed to make bail.

The tool that San Francisco has been experimenting with since May doesn’t set a bail amount for an alleged crime. Instead, it weighs a number of factors including the pending charges, the person’s age and rap sheet, and their record of faithfully showing up to court. The tool then makes a recommendation for or against release, which is then sent to a judge who can follow or ignore the advice.

The algorithm, offered to the city at no cost, was developed by the Texas-based Laura and John Arnold Foundation, which used data from the case histories of more than 1.5 million people — in other words, how they performed when released. San Francisco is one of 30 jurisdictions nationwide to try the system, which shares similarities with other predictive criminal justice tools such as those increasingly used by police to target enforcement.

Basing bail decisions on a cold assessment of risk brings the system back to its original purpose, proponents say — keeping those who could be dangerous off the streets, regardless of their ability to post bail. Still, the rollout of the algorithm hasn’t been without tension, and some are frustrated with what they are seeing in San Francisco.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys say they have encountered results from the assessment they do not agree with. Meanwhile, they say, some judges are often refusing to follow the release recommendations.

“I think it has the potential to be a move in the right direction, but when it is watered down or misunderstood or rejected unreasonably, then it’s not clear what good it will do,” said Deputy Public Defender Danielle Harris. “We were excited about having more research and more data being brought into decision-making, but we’ve been disappointed.”

She said prosecutors sometimes ask for high bail or no release despite the tool’s recommendations and District Attorney George Gascón’s support of the algorithm.

Gascón, who was instrumental in bringing the tool to San Francisco, said growing pains were to be expected in the pilot program’s early stages.

“We recognize that there is more work that needs to be done,” Gascón said. “We’re trying to replace a system that has absolutely no connection to public safety with a system that will actually evaluate risk and is inherently more fair and more mindful of public safety.”

Ann Donlan, a spokeswoman for San Francisco Superior Court, said it was “too soon to tell how useful the tool is to our judges when making release decisions.”

San Francisco adopted the system seven months after a national civil rights group sued the city, saying its bail system unfairly punished poor people.

One of the cases that Equal Justice Under Law singled out was that of 19-year-old Riana Buffin, who was arrested for shoplifting and held on $30,000 bail. The district attorney’s office decided not to file charges, but Buffin sat in jail for two days because she could not post bail.

On any given day, 80 to 85 percent of inmates in city jails are awaiting trial, either because they cannot afford bail or because they are being held for serious offenses, said Sheriff Vicki Hennessy.

She said San Francisco has long tried to factor individual considerations into bail. A nonprofit organization working under contract with the Sheriff’s Department conducted face-to-face interviews with arrestees before their first court appearances, then passed its assessments on to a judge.

Now, the nonprofit’s case managers forgo the interviews and run a suspect’s data points through the algorithm. The formula doesn’t consider some pieces of information that critics say are irrelevant to whether someone is a flight risk, but have resulted in nonwhites being jailed in disproportionate numbers — such as whether a defendant advanced beyond high school.

“The idea is to provide judges with objective, data-driven, consistent information that can inform the decisions they make,” said Matt Alsdorf, vice president of criminal justice at the Arnold Foundation.

While some judges won’t trust the system at first, Alsdorf said, “What I’ve seen in other jurisdictions and what I hope to see in San Francisco is that over time . people will start to see the validity of the tool and start to buy in more and more.”

The new system was on display one recent afternoon in Judge Ross Moody’s courtroom at the Hall of Justice.

Wenceslao Gutierrez, 47, was charged with threatening a Recreation and Park Department employee in Golden Gate Park and stealing gardening shears and a knife. The algorithm suggested he was a good candidate for release with active supervision such as an ankle monitor, as he had a minimal criminal history, said Deputy Public Defender Ilona Solomon. But the prosecution asked for bail to be set at $40,000.

“I believe their office policy is to go with the . recommendation, so I don’t know why they’re fighting it,” Solomon told the judge.

Max Szabo, a spokesman for the district attorney, said that like judges, prosecutors have discretion to disagree with the assessment’s recommendations. Moody ruled in favor of the prosecution, citing his concern with the threat Gutierrez allegedly made. As of Friday, Gutierrez was still in jail, awaiting trial.

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Sometimes it’s easier to go to court than not. If someone gets a speeding ticket that requires a court appearance or is subpoenaed to appear as a witness in court, not showing up in court on the date and time given can cause problems. If the person does not appear in court when summoned, the court can, and often will, issue a bench warrant that authorizes law enforcement to arrest her and bring her back to court.

What Is a Bench Warrant?

When a person is officially summoned to appear in court at a particular day and time, the court expects him to show up. If he doesn’t appear, he is in contempt of court. Since he isn’t there, the court cannot deal with the matter at hand so, instead, issues a bench warrant. This is a type of court writ that authorizes law enforcement to arrest him and bring him before the court.

In some ways, a bench warrant acts like an arrest warrant, another type of court writ that authorizes the police to arrest someone. However, the arrest warrant procedure is started by a police officer. The officer explains to the judge why the police believe that the person has committed a crime and lays out the evidence that there is probable cause to arrest the person. When the judge signs an arrest warrant, the officer can track down the suspect and make the arrest.

How Does a Bench Warrant Work?

Generally, police do not drive away from the courthouse, sirens screaming, to pick someone up when a bench warrant is issued. If the matter is urgent or even very serious, it is likely an arrest warrant, not a bench warrant would be issued.

It’s easiest to understand how a bench warrant works by setting out an example: Imagine that a woman attending a political protest blocks the entrance to a building and is cited for disturbing the peace. The police do not arrest her but issue a ticket that sets a court date for her to appear. On the day of the hearing, she does not show up and the judge issues a bench warrant.

A month later, the woman is pulled over for blocking an intersection while driving home from the gym. The officer who stops her runs her driver’s license and discovers the bench warrant. She is arrested and taken to jail to await a court hearing. Most of the time she is given the option of posting bail as an assurance that she will show up this time. She will be sentenced on the original violation of disturbing the peace, as well as blocking the intersection.

How to Deal With a Bench Warrant?

If a person finds out that a bench warrant has been issued for his arrest, he can manage the situation in a way that avoids an awkward and embarrassing trip to jail. However, to avoid going to jail, he must usually go to the courthouse. He will need to ask for a new hearing and post bail guaranteeing his presence in order for the court to lift the bench warrant.

Is there any way to get a bench warrant lifted without posting bail? There may be. If the person appears at court with an attorney, a judge may lift the warrant and discharge any bail requirement. This practice however varies among courts and often depends on the agreement of the prosecutor. It is only possible if the offense is a misdemeanor, and the amount of bail is set low. If the person has a history of failing to appear in court when ordered, his chances of getting the bench warrant removed and a new hearing set without posting bail are not good.

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By Hannah Hafter on March 19, 2020

The United States has 2.3 million people in prison – the most in the world.

There are 38,000 immigrants and asylum-seekers in ICE detention.

Nearly all of them are forced to live in day-to-day conditions that are a perfect storm for the spread of COVID-19, and their access to medical care is already notoriously inadequate. It is a matter of when – not if – coronavirus will reach people who are incarcerated.

We are in unprecedented times, and unprecedented actions are not only needed, they are truly possible. One county in Ohio released 200 people from jail. In Los Angeles County, CA, new protocols for the sheriff’s department have reduced daily arrests from 300 to 60.

Below are resources to help make it easy to replicate some of the amazing and innovative campaigns underway to organize for the mass release of people from detention and prison, especially those that are at highest risk such as the elderly and immunocompromised.

  1. Fight locally for thePrison Policy Initiative’s “5 Point Platform”:
  • Release medically fragile and older adults.
  • Stop charging medical co-pays in prison.
  • Lower jail admissions to reduce “jail churn.” (Reduce more non-violent offenses to “non-jailable” sofewer people are moving through local jails)
  • Reduce unnecessary parole and probation meetings.
  • Eliminate parole and probation revocations for technical violations.

PPI is tracking places where these changes are occurring here.

The Justice Collaborative has created sample letters you can quickly adapt to your local context to target your Governor, Prosecutors, Sheriffs, and County Commissioners and City Council Members. Choose a target based on who seems most moveable and likely to act, do an online search for their e-mail and phone numbers to compile their best contact info, and start mobilizing.

  1. Call on your governor to help “flatten the curve” by using their emergency powers to release people from immigration detention and prisons, end all pre-trial detention, and stop the flow of unnecessary new arrests for non-violent offenses. Almost every state in the U.S. has declared a “state of emergency” which grants executive power to Governors to take quick and definitive actions. Here is a sample letter from the Building Up People Not Prisons Coalition to Governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts.
  1. Most prisons and detention centers have suspended all in-person visitation.Advocate for free phone and video calls to prevent isolation and depression.Here is a sample letter to sheriffs and wardens to advocate for free phone & video calls, which you can also adapt into a “call script” and organize people to make phone calls to the sheriff’s or warden’s office. Freedom for Immigrants is organizing in support of free phone and video visitation in ICE detention facilities. You can also organize calls to your closest ICE ERO field office (directory here) to make these demands.
  1. Advocate for your local ICE ERO field office to stop in-person check-ins (and call for releases from detention). Organize calls to your closest ICE ERO field office (directory here) and demand that they stop in-person check-ins which expose everyone to unnecessary risk. Use the Freedom for Immigrants Detention Map to identify what facilities detain immigrants that are under their jurisdiction and call for releases from those specific immigration prisons by name.

Sample call script: “Hello, my name is __________, I live in [city/state], and I am calling on ICE to take immediate actions to ‘flatten the curve’ of COVID-19 and not put more people at risk. Please announce a stop to all in-person ICE and ankle-monitor check-ins immediately. Please release all people from immigration detention in [list of facilities covered by their office]. Please do not issue notices of removal for any missed immigration court hearings or missed check-ins. Please provide increased, unrestricted, frequent access to hygiene including soap, showers, sanitizing wipes, clean water and testing and treatment for COVID-19 to all in immigration custody, at no cost to incarcerated people or their families.”

  1. Join your local immigrant accompaniment network and support your local bail and bond funds.(If you are already involved, check out these resources on COVID-19 for immigrant accompaniment networks.)Accompaniment networks are regularly in touch with people inside immigration detention, and have volunteer systems set up for things like letter-writing that can be done from home. If you are not in a location with an organized accompaniment network, you can still volunteer to be a pen-pal with someone in immigration detention through these organizations or write to people who are LGBTQ in prison. Bail and bond funds are working on overdrive right now to free people from detention centers and prisons whose only barrier is money. Donate to and organize support for your local bail (criminal system) and/or bond (immigration system) fund.

Things to Consider Before You Begin – Ask These Questions

  1. Is there already an active campaign in your area?
    1. To find detailed information on specific cities’ and states’ policies and campaigns, go to the Justice Collaborative’s tracking spreadsheet.
    2. Check the social media pages of local grassroots groups focused on immigrant rights, racial justice, police accountability, and mass incarceration.
    3. If you identify as an ally, make sure you first and foremost flank efforts led by directly-impacted community members.
  2. Who else should you be working with locally? Are these relationships you already have, or new relationships?
  3. What needs are likely to come up if people are released in large numbers? For example, people released from immigrant detention are often left at Greyhound stations. Not everyone released from prison has stable housing to go to. What steps can we take to create more of a safety net and address the issues that will come up at that stage? What other groups in your area are already working on access to housing and harm reduction for people who need a safe place to go?

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The first part of the Accounts Payable (AP) process is receiving an invoice. Once you get an invoice, there’s a specific process that’s crucial to maintaining accurate financial records.

Since this process is quite involved, a company might opt to automate this system rather than process invoices manually. Automation can improve the visibility, productivity, accuracy and cost-effectiveness of a business’ invoicing process.

The following are steps an Accounts Payable department follows to process an invoice.

Step 1: Verifying and Tracking Information

A purchasing company needs to verify the purchase, ensure correct payment and deliver the payment within the agreed upon terms. Invoices should include the following information to help the vendor and purchaser track their expenses or inventory and update their financial records:

  • Date the vendor created and sent the invoice.
  • Contact information of both the vendor and the purchaser, particularly billing information and point of contact.
  • Purchase details, including product or service details and pricing.
  • Payment information.

Step 2: Data Entry and General Ledger Coding

Once the AP staff verifies that the vendor invoice contains all the correct information, they need to enter the data manually or using an automation tool and code it for accounting purposes. General Ledger Coding refers to a coding system that makes it easier to track debits and credits.

Manually entering this data can take a lot of staff time and carries the risk of human error, which can be detrimental to a company’s financial records. Using an automated system can reduce invoice-processing costs by 75% to 85% while decreasing errors at the same time. Having the tools you need to track this data also improves access to invoice data, which improves the service to vendors and results in the faster turnaround on payments.

Step 3: Forwarding and Receiving Approval

After an AP department verifies invoice information, it needs to submit the invoice for approval before they can send a payment. A slow approval process can have a significant payment turnaround times and revenue. Paper invoices can sit on a busy employee’s desk or get misplaced as it is moved around from desk to desk. By using an automated invoice processing system, an AP department can save time tracking down lost documents or requesting invoice copies from the vendor.

These solutions digitally capture the data from paper and electronic invoices and put them through a custom-designed workflow that speeds up the entire approval process. Reducing or eliminating the need for paper invoices will lower outgoing costs.
According to experts, the cost of a paper invoice can range between $12 to $30 to process with an average cost close to $15.

While larger companies with a more complex accounts payable process can cost nearly $40 per invoice. Online automated invoicing cost significantly less at about $3.50 per invoice process. Automation can save your company hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.

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5 Steps to Calculate Price per Invoice

According to experts, the cost of a paper invoice can range between $12 to $30 to process with an average cost close to $15.

While larger companies with a more complex accounts payable process can cost nearly $40 per invoice. Online automated invoicing cost significantly less at about $3.50 per invoice process. Automation can save your company hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.

The equation for calculating the price per invoice: calculate the total annual cost of the Accounts Payable department (usually the salary total) and divide it by the total number of invoices processed annually.

You can get an even more accurate number by following these five steps.

1) Map the Process

This might be the hardest step because you need a thorough understanding of the process and all its challenges and obstacles. Follow the entire invoice process from handling the mail to filing after completion. This will give you a clear idea of the time spent on invoicing.

2) Who Is Involved in the Process

Do you know how many people are involved in each step you listed out in the mapping process? Think about everyone involved, not just the accounts payable department, but everyone involved in the coding and approval steps. In larger organizations, this can be done by people in many different departments.

3) Time Is Spent on Each Step of the Process

Now that you know who is doing what, you have to understand how long it takes each team member to complete their tasks. Ask team members to estimate the time they are spending in their role of processing an invoice.

4) Amount People Getting Paid per Hour

Now that you know who is involved, what they are doing and how much time they are spending doing it – it’s time to factor in their rate of pay. Break down the cost per minute, if that makes more sense in terms of how long each task takes.

5) Do the Math

Now that you have all the relevant information, it is time to do the formula to find out your cost per invoice. Multiply the number of people by the amount of time spent on each task by their salary to come up with a dollar value for how much the process cost per invoice.

What Is the Journal Entry for Invoice Processing?

When a company receives a bill or invoice from a supplier or vendor for goods or service credit, it is often referred to as a vendor invoice. These invoices are entered as credits in the Accounts Payable account, increasing the credit balance in Accounts Payable. When the company pays off the vendor it reduces Accounts Payable with a debit amount. The usual credit balance in Accounts Payable is the amount of vendor invoices that have been recorded and not yet paid. Unpaid invoices are referred to as open invoices.

Automated invoicing software allows companies to sort its accounts payable according to the due date and generates report known as the aging accounts payable.

How to enter an invoice into Accounts Payable?

After an invoice is reviewed and approved it can be entered into the Accounts Payable. After a vendor invoice has been approved, the recording of the invoice will include:

  • a credit to Accounts Payable
  • a minimum of one debit to another account. The debit amount usually involves one of the following:
    • an expense (Repairs & Maintenance Expense, Advertising Expense, Rent Expense, etc.)
    • a prepaid asset (Prepaid Expenses, Prepaid Insurance)
    • a fixed or plant asset (Equipment, Fixtures, Vehicles, etc.)

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