At the considerable risk to Public Safety and further burdening the Tax Payer, legislatures, judges and sheriffs at a national level (including Minnesota) are being pressured to eliminate Commercial Bail Bonds and implement a completely public run pretrial release system that will allow Defendants to be released on only their word (signature only bond), a small cash option payable to the court and/or a monitoring system only.
Despite the publicly run system being proven to fail drastically and have had the studies completed showing such failure by both public and private entities, it is still being heavily pushed. (see: “Best Option of Criminal Release” an educational document by Derek Nelson, supported by the MNPBBA)
Minnesota also remains one of several States that has no regulations, education requirements or licensing requirements for Bail Enforcement (bounty hunting). The State also does little to regulate the Bail Industry as a whole, less a few administrative changes they implemented the first of the year (2016). This allows every Tom, Dick and Harry to get a bail license, play “bounty hunter” (returning defendants to the custody of the courts) with little to no oversight.
The MNPBBA is working to regulate the bail enforcement industry, have better legislation and regulations passed for bail bonds, advocate for reform of the criminal justice system and Judiciary processes, so all Counties and entities operate the same way and follow the same rules and increasing public safety while lessening the financial cost to the State and Tax Payer.
If you are interested in further information, sources OR would like to learn more about these and other issues facing YOU the tax payer and citizen, I would be happy to email you.