Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Bail Bonds & Jail Info: Alberta, VA

Bail Bonds & Jail Info: Alberta, VA

Alberta is a town in Brunswick County, Virginia, United States. The population was 306 at the 2000 census. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.1 square miles, all of it land. It is home to the Christanna Campus of Southside Virginia Community College. Click on the following link if you or someone you know is arrested and in need of a bail bond in Alberta, Virginia.

Southside Community Corrections
202 North Main Street
Lawrenceville, VA 23868
Telephone No. : 434-848-0921
Fax No. : 434-848-2550
Hours of Operation : M-F 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Department Head: Linda Macklin

Brunswick County Sheriff's Office is  the primary law enforcement agency for Brunswick County working closely with three town police departments. The Sheriff's Office employs a staff of 54 personnel serving in areas of patrol, investigations, civil process, communications, and corrections. Brunswick County Sheriff's Office serves 587 square miles and a population of 18,000

Brunswick County Sheriff's Office
120 East Hicks Street
Lawrenceville, VA 23868
Telephone No.: (434) 848-3133

Monday, April 18, 2011

ExpertBail Benefits Special Olympics

ExpertBail Benefits Special Olympics

ExpertBail Sponsors RaceExpertBail would like to congratulate the winner of the Tarrywile 5K and all race participants. All proceeds went to the Special Olympics, Connecticut. We are very proud to have sponsored this race. Great job everyone!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Bail Bonds & Jail Info: Bay Village, OH

Bail Bonds & Jail Info: Bay Village, OH

Friday, April 15, 2011 The City of Bay Village, Ohio is a warm and welcoming community of approximately 17,000 residents located 15 miles west of Cleveland along five miles of Lake Erie’s wooded southern shore.

Bay Village residents enjoy a multitude of recreational and cultural opportunities, which have created a close-knit residential community. It is near enough to the pulse of Cleveland with quick and convenient access to first-class museums, the world-famous Cleveland Orchestra, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Indians and Browns games, but just far enough off the beaten path to offer the peace, privacy, and comfort of suburban living.

However, there’s always a possibility for trouble in paradise. If a loved one gets in trouble and needs a bail bond in Bay Village, Ohio, call ExpertBail at 800.938.2245. ExpertBail was created to separate the high quality bail bond agent from the low quality bail bond agent. It is our goal to change the perception of the bail industry by delivering at the highest level possible. So remember, if you ever need a bail bond, call ExpertBail.

Cuyahoga County Jail
1215 West 3rd Street
Cleveland, OH 44113-1582
(216) 443-6000

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

ExpertBail Agent: Steve Tracey

Steve Tracey

Making A Difference: Steve Tracey - ExpertBail Bond Agent - Bail Bondsman - ExpertBail.com
Being an Agent in the ExpertBail Network is an honor shared by a select group of the best agents across the country. But being the biggest agent in the ExpertBail Network is limited to one person, Steve Tracey… or as his family and friends refer to him, Big Steve. Standing 6 feet, 6 inches tall and weighing in at over 400 pounds, Big Steve is one of New Haven, Connecticut’s best bail bond agents and biggest personalities. Whether it is sponsoring the local little league team or raising money to prevent family violence, Steve is always looking for new ways to have a BIG impact on his community.

So the next time you see a tiny SMART car driving down the street in New Haven, Connecticut. Look closely, because in addition to seeing an advertisement for DiAdamo and Tracey Bail Bonds, you might catch a glimpse of Big Steve making his rounds through the community. I don’t know about you, but for some reason that makes us feel better about things. So thanks Steve. Keep up the great work and thanks for representing the ExpertBail Network in the way that you do.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

ExpertBail Consumer Alert: Bail Bond Scam

ExpertBail Consumer Alert: Bail Bond Scam
bail bond scamNAPA -- The Napa County District Attorney's office is warning residents of a scam involving suspicious phone calls made by people posing as grandchildren in need.
These callers often call senior citizens, pretend to have been detained by law enforcement and ask for bail money, according to a release from the district attorney's office.

The "distressed" callers posing as grandchildren tell the senior to wait by the phone for a second call from an attorney, a bail bondsman, or law enforcement officer for further details, it said. This person will instruct the senior to wire money to a specific place, usually, a Western Union station.

"Once the money is wired, it becomes untraceable," the release said. "This is not how the bail process works in reality."

These calls usually are made early in the morning or late at night.

If you get a call like this, the district attorney's office suggests asking the caller to answer a question that only a real family member could answer.

Anyone who receives such a call should write down the number -- if a caller ID is available -- and report it to the local police department.

Please feel free to contact the ExpertBail team at 800.938.2245 or communications@expertbail.com with any questions or comments.

Original Article:
Napa DA warns residents of grandparents scam
Times-Herald staff report

Monday, April 11, 2011

Pretrial Release: Good for Defendants, Taxpayers

Pretrial Release: Good for Defendants, Taxpayers

Monday, April 11, 2011 Pretrial ReleaseSen.Ellyn Bogdanoff has proposed a bill that will eliminate pretrial release for defendants who can afford to pay for bail in order to reduce out of pocket costs for Florida taxpayers. This proposed bill will attempt to halt a growing problem within Florida's criminal justice system by keeping needed services intact and still reducing spending. Robert S. Zack, a retired Broward County Court judge, commends Bogdanoff on her efforts:

As a retired County Court judge, having served 17 of my 21 years on the criminal bench, I would like to commend Sen.Ellyn Bogdanoff for her attempt to rein in a growing problem within our state's criminal justice system.  Bogdanoff has introduced a simple measure that seeks to restrict eligibility of criminal defendants into what is known as "Pretrial Release Services."

Pretrial release is a government program where defendants can be released into a supervised program until they have their first formal appearance before a judge. These programs were established across America in the 1970s and were originally designed to assist poor and indigent defendants who could not otherwise afford to pay for their own release through a bail bond.

Pretrial release can be a good thing for poor defendants whose lives could be ruined by an extended jail stay before a resolution of the matter pending before the court. It can also be good for taxpayers who don't have to foot the bill for the cost of room and board in a local jail during the pretrial period. 

But what about those defendants who are not poor and can afford to pay for their own release? Why are taxpayers financing their release?
That's where Bogdanoff's good idea comes in.

Florida pretrial release programs no longer just serve indigent defendants, as was their original purpose. They have grown to also offer taxpayer-financed release to those who could otherwise foot their own bill.

A report released by the state Office of Program and Policy Analysis & Government Accountability found that such programs cost taxpayers about $1,400 per defendant.

If we are talking about indigent defendants who would otherwise languish in a jail cell, that's a good deal for taxpayers because housing an inmate in jail can cost far more.  But if we are talking about spending $1,400 per defendant for those individuals with the ability to pay their own way out, then it seems that taxpayers are being ripped off.

As proof positive of the unnecessary growth in these programs, Florida has seen a growth of more than 12 percent in just one year (20008 to 2009) even while crime in our state dropped by more than 6 percent. 

To be clear, a decrease in crime should mean a decrease — not an increase — in costs related to serving defendants. Instead of spending fewer tax dollars on these programs, we saw a one-year growth of more than $4 million.

The additional good news about Bogdanoff's bill is that it would have no impact on jail populations, as some fear.

Two recent studies, also released by OPPAGA, found there is no correlation between counties' occupancy rate and whether or not they have a government-funded pretrial release program.

OPPAGA also studied Pasco County, which eliminated its pretrial release program, and found that it did not appear to affect its jail population.

To clarify, Bogdanoff's bill does not seek to eliminate pretrial release but merely to exclude those who can pay their own way.

At a time when all levels of government are dealing with shrinking budgets, it is incumbent upon lawmakers to find ways to cut spending without harming vital public services. After reading Bogdanoff's bill — and ignoring the hyperbole and heightened rhetoric of those who seek to protect the status quo — I am convinced her measure will achieve the goal of reducing spending while keeping needed services intact.

Good for her and good for us.

Robert S. Zack is a retired Broward County Court judge and former president of the Conference of County Court Judges of Florida.
Original Article:
Sun Sentinel
Pretrial release: Good for defendants, taxpayers

Bail Bonds & Jail Info: Jackson, MS

Bail Bonds & Jail Info: Jackson, MS

723 N. President Street
Jackson, MS 39202
(601) 359-5600

The Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) Community Corrections Division is responsible for protecting public safety through the supervision of probationers and parolees in the community.  In addition, Community Corrections is responsible for all residents in the restitution centers and inmates in the community work centers, in the intensive supervision program and on earned release supervision. 

There are three regions within the Community Corrections Division.

Deputy Commissioner Lora Cole oversees the division, which consists of:

·        17 Community Work Centers

·        4 Restitution Centers

·        Interstate Compact

·        Probation

·        Parole

·        Intensive Supervision Program

·        Earned Released Supervision

The Mission of the Mississippi Department of Corrections is to provide and promote public safety through efficient and effective offender custody, care, control and treatment consistent with sound correctional principles and constitutional standards.

The Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) approves Residential Transitional Centers for the housing of MDOC ex-offenders when such Transitional Centers meet the following standards:
1.   Complies with applicable local governmental zoning and permit codes;

2.   Provides safe and humane living conditions;

3.   Promotes paid employment opportunities for residents;

4.   Promotes pro-social and life skills for residents;

5.   Prepares residents for societal re-entry with economic self-reliance; and

6.   Provides program services and activities with the measurable objective of reducing recidivism.             

Statement of Purpose
The Mississippi Department of Corrections Community-Corrections Division exists to: provide for public safety, promote opportunities for positive behavioral change in the offenders under its supervision, secure provisions for community based assistance and services needed by the offenders, decrease criminal behavior and recidivism and serves as an alternative to incarceration.

How can I find out if someone has been sentenced to the Mississippi Department of Corrections?
Click on Inmate Search to search for active inmates.
Click on MS Parole Board parolee search to search for active parolees.
For all others contact the MDOC Records Department at 601-933-2889
If someone I know has been sentenced and is currently in jail, how can I get them out?
If you or someone you know is in need of a bail bond in Jackson, Mississippi, ExpertBail is here to help. With bail bond agents in every state that bail can be written, the ExpertBail Network of Agents can service your needs no matter where you or the defendant is located.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Bail Bonds & Jail Info: Kent County, MI

Bail Bonds & Jail Info: Kent County, MI

Friday, April 8, 2011
Kent County Jail
703 Ball Avenue Northeast
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-1396
(616) 632-6401 ‎

If you or someone you know has been arrested in Kent County and is in need of being released from jail, please see below.

An arrest does not mean that the inmate has been convicted of a crime or a civil infraction.

Procedure for Posting Bail:
A person who has been arrested and charged with a crime may be required to post a bail bond before being released from jail. A bond is insurance to guarantee an arrestee will appear in court for trial. If that person fails to appear for a court date, the bond money is forfeited. A bond may be posted in cash, by an arrestee or by someone on his/her behalf.

Most crimes are bondable offenses, except capital crimes (those crimes for which the death penalty may be asked). The amount of a bond is determined by a judge or from an established schedule.

To post a bond, first make sure the person is, in fact, in a Kent County Jail Facility. Please call (616) 632-6301 or visit the accounting window, open 24 hours daily, located in the lobby adjacent to the visitor entrance. You can also obtain information about an arrestee's charge(s) and bond amount.

There are two ways to post a bond:

Cash Bond: the total amount of the bond, in cash, is placed with the county to guarantee the arrestee will appear at the next court hearing. If the arrestee does not appear after posting a cash bond, the money will be forfeited. If a not guilty verdict is rendered or the case is dismissed, or at the conclusion of the trial proceedings, bond money will be refunded minus any fines and / or court costs.

Cash, credit cards, cashier's checks or money orders are the only accepted methods of payment for bail. When posting bail, cashier's checks and money orders must be made payable to the Kent County Sheriff Department. Personal checks are not accepted. A fee may be charged ranging from 8-20 percent when posting a bond by credit card. Check with your provider for specific details.

Surety bond
: A bonding company posts a bond that guarantees an arrestee will appear at the next court date. Kent County and/or the Kent County Sheriff does not participate in the contract between an arrestee and the bonding company. The bonding company normally charges a fee for each bond posted.
Contact ExpertBail for a bail bond in Ada, Michigan.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Bail Bonds & Jail Info: Annapolis, MD

Bail Bonds & Jail Info: Annapolis, MD

Jennifer Road Detention Center
131 Jennifer Road
Annapolis, MD 21401

The Jennifer Road Detention Center is the County’s maximum security intake and pretrial release detention facility. Its population consists primarily of persons arrested and awaiting trial in Anne Arundel County who do not make their bail, and persons who require special housing for medical, mental health or behavioral reasons. JRDC is designed to hold 631 inmates.

Visiting Hours:
Inmates are permitted two visits per week with family members or personal friends. The schedule is available  by calling 410-222-7374.  Visits may be one hour in duration unless visitation activity is heavy and termination after 30 minutes is necessary. Up to 2 visitors may visit you at one time.

All visitors, unless under the age of 18 and accompanied by their parent or guardian, will be required to present a picture ID and a current address.  All visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by their parent or gaurdian.
If you require an accommodation for a disability you should make the request when you arrive at the facility.

Bail Bond Agents:
If you or a loved one is in need of a bail bond agent in Annapolis, Maryland, you should call ExpertBail at 800.938.2245. ExpertBail Agents are professional, trustworthy, caring and experienced bail bondsmen. They will get your loved one out as quickly as possible and you can rely on them in this time of need.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

ExpertBail Agent: James Lindblad Making a Difference

When most people plan a trip to Hawaii all they think about are the white sandy beaches and tropical breezes awaiting them.  Rarely do people think about the other side of the coin and the possibility of have a little too much fun in paradise.  But unfortunately it does happen, and when it does happen people turn to ExpertBail Agent James Lindblad to help them out.

James is the owner and operator of A-1 Bail Bonds in Honolulu, Hawaii.  In addition to being a resident of Hawaii for over 30 years, James has been a leader in the bail bond industry for over 34 years.  So when it comes to being local and having local knowledge, James is your man.  What makes James so unique is his passion for the bail bond business.  From the day he first received his license, he has continuously pushed to improve and enhance the bail bond industry and raise it to the professional level that it deserves.  From testifying before the Hawaii State Legislature to implementing a statewide bail procedural manual in Hawaii to writing educational publications on the bail industry, James is a leader through and through.

But don’t think that this island bondsman is driven just by work.  He is just as passionate about his family and his community.  A past member of the Board of Directors for the Honolulu YMCA, a large supporter of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Honolulu, and a Past President and Secretary of the Lunalilo Community School Association, he is committed to sharing his passion and knowledge to those around him…and trust us when we say the fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree. His two boys are already carrying the torch for their father.  His sons Scott and Nick are already in the bail business, with Scott owning his own agency and Nick helping James run his agency.

So next time you are heading to Hawaii, pack extra sunscreen and don’t forget to remember the name James Lindblad, because you never know when you might need an Expert on the islands.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Bail Bonds Agent Lends Personal Touch

Gloria Mitchell helps those, who at any given moment, have trouble helping themselves.
She's a second-generation bail bonds agent, ready and willing to assist the accused.

She is also a mother, grandmother and philanthropist who helps teenage single mothers through the nonprofit organization she founded more than five years ago, TEA For You, Teen Mothers Excelling through Adversities,

"It teaches the girls their life is not over," said Mitchell, who owns Gloria Mitchell Bail Bonds in Pomona. "It helps them make better choices and teaches them that attending school, keeping up their GPA and having respect for themselves is a way to success."

Through TEA for You, Mitchell, a 51-year-old Upland resident, works closely with teachers and students from 15 Cal-SAFE Schools to provide resources and support for pregnant teens and teen mothers and fathers.

Each May, TEA for You hosts a luncheon for the girls where they meet, talk with and share stories with women who were also teen mothers and learn how these women have become successful professionals.

"I see bright futures in these girls, and with the help of Soroptimist Scholarship Program and support from the surrounding businesses, we can encourage them to stay in school and continue on to higher education," said Mitchell, also a Soroptimist.

"Ultimately we want them to use their adversities as stepping stones to reach their goals. By building strength and confidence and never giving up they will improve their lives, and the lives of their children."

Mitchell saw the need for such a program through personal experience. Her oldest daughter Candice became pregnant while in high school.

"It was a devastating time," she said. "We kept asking ourselves, `what are we going to do?' It gave me an insight on what really happens to families."

Well-meaning friends and family members kept offering unsolicited, unwanted and hurtful advice.

"I heard things I never thought I would, from those I never would have thought would say them," she said. "They said `she ruined her life' and suggested adoption and abortion. School officials told me I had to remove her from school. That shattered me."
Candice started attending a program for pregnant minors with about eight other girls.

Mitchell stayed involved with her daughter, attended the program's meetings and events.

"No other moms came," Mitchell said. "Her classmates told my daughter, `You're so lucky.' I did some soul-searching on how I could make a difference."

Mitchell went to her daughter's school district and spoke to officials, explaining her ideas for a program that would empower pregnant minors.

The program runs from January through May and awards 25 scholarships from $200 to $1,000.

Mitchell's grandson Anthony is 8, and her daughter Candice is a cosmetologist and licensed bail agent.

An everyday effort

Gloria Mitchell's work with pregnant minors is just a continuation of the work she does every day. But it didn't start out that way.

"Being a bail bonds agent, like my mother, wasn't the profession I wanted," said Mitchell, who wanted to be a therapist or psychologist. "I used to ask my mom, `how can you work with these kinds of people?' That's hard to admit. Now, I feel awful I ever thought that way. My mother was such a kind woman, she explained they are just people like you and me that find themselves in a bad situation."

Mitchell grew up with parents who always preached the importance of giving back - then practiced what they preached.

"My mom was always helping at-risk teens and my dad worked three jobs to keep me in private school," she said. "I was so blessed."

Mitchell took business classes in college and before she could finish, one of the companies conducting mock interviews on campus hired her.

She worked in the corporate world for more than 10 years when she started to help her mother transfer her paper files onto computer.

She learned that the mechanics of bail bonds were pretty simple, the clients and their stories were much more complex.

"That was when I first started to get intrigued with the business and my perception started to change," she said. "I started to understand that there are two sides to every story."

Mitchell saw that through bail bonds she could really make a difference in someone's life at a time when they really needed someone. In 1995, she bought the business.
"It was a big decision, I didn't know if I could do it," she admitted.

However, with the help and support of her husband, Robert Mitchell, and her family she took on the challenge and developed her motto, "you never know."

Through word of mouth, personal recommendations and the referral site http://www.expertbail.com/, her business has thrived.

Mitchell's mother, Mary Alice Nodal, was a true pioneer, paving the way for other women who wanted to make a living as bail bonds agents.

Nodal passed that spirit down to her daughter and granddaughters as Mitchell's daughters, Candice and Brandee, have joined their mother in the business.

"Today there are more female bail bonds agents than men, though I believe more men still own the agencies," she said.

A personal touch

Mitchell has created in her office a homelike atmosphere, having decorated it with household furnishings, stuffed animals, sports memorabilia and angels, reflecting her inner spirit.

"I want a place where clients can come in, relax and feel comfortable," she said.
Mitchell's gentle demeanor also comes through over the phone.

San Bernardino resident Rebecca Jaurigue, felt at ease as soon as Mitchell answered her call.

"I was so desperate, I didn't know what to do, where to go or who to call," said Jaurigue, after she learned her pregnant daughter had been arrested on suspicion of spousal battery. "Just the thought of her being in jail in that negative environment was driving me crazy."

Jaurigue just wanted her daughter home and called a local bail bond agent first.

"I didn't like him at all, he was just all about the money," she said. "Then someone, I don't even remember who, recommended Gloria. As soon as I heard her voice I felt comfort. She didn't know me, but she trusted me. I was in Riverside and within four hours she had my daughter out."

Having no control of the situation or contact with her daughter gave Jaurigue a helpless feeling.

"So many people find themselves in a situation that they never thought they'd ever be in and don't know where to turn," Mitchell said. "They call and ask me, `can you help?' I can and start gathering information like where the arrest took place, booking number, birth date and what facility. Processing takes between two and four hours and a lot of times I can have them out not too long after that."

Mitchell explained she mostly deals with a friend or family member of the accused, called an indemnitor.

The indemnitor is a person who puts up either cash, property or something of equal or greater value to the bail amount, who guarantees to Mitchell the accused will appear in court.

"Basically, a person is arrested and depending on what they're charged with, the judge may allow their release in exchange for a certain sum of money, or bail," she explained. "The money is assurance that they will show up for their court date. Most people don't have that kind of money, which can range from $5,000 to $1 million or more. That's when they call a bail bonds agent."

Clients usually pay about 10 percent of the bail amount to the agent, and the agent secures the full amount to the court.

If the client fulfills his legal obligations, the court rescinds the bond.

"I'm the one who makes the guarantee to the court," she said. "If they don't appear, the judge will forfeit bail, the court sends me notice and I call the indemnitor. If I can't locate the indemnitor and if all else fails, I can work with a fugitive recovery agent."
Mitchell shared that most situations can be resolved without a recovery agent, commonly known as bounty hunters.

"There are excusable reasons," she said. "I can work with people on all levels if there's communication and honesty."

Mitchell said that it's her faith that keeps her going - in God and in people.

"Everyone who walks up my path has come to me for a reason," she said. "They need help with a situation they never thought they'd be in, and I'm here for them, because - you never know."
Original article: Bail bonds agent lends personal touch
By Diana Sholley, Staff Writer, Contra Costa Times

Friday, April 1, 2011

What word would you use to describe a bail bond agent?

In a recent survey conducted amongst Facebook users we asked what words people would use to describe a bail bond agent. The number one response with 52% was “professional.” The second and third most popular responses were “intimidating” with 30% and “scary” with 21%. When you think about it, this is actually a pretty interesting collection of words.

Bail agents are definitely skilled professionals and they play a valuable role in the criminal justice system. The interesting thing though is the stereotypical responses of intimidating and scary. Thanks to Hollywood’s portrayal of the bail bond industry, it is easy to see why people have this perception. However, the reality is much different; bail agents aren’t intimidating or scary. They are regular folks just like the rest of us that go to work every day and try to do the best they can. We invite you to read some of the profiles of the Agents in the ExpertBail Network to learn more about this misunderstood profession.

ExpertBail Question & Answer Video Sessions

Why do bail bond agents make it so hard to get a bail bond?

It’s not that agents are trying to make it hard, they are trying to insure themselves to prevent a loss in case the defendant doesn’t appear in court. They will gather as much information as they can, such as doing a background check, getting contact information for family and friends and collect collateral to make sure they are covered.

How do you tell an ethical bail bondsman from an unethical bail bondsman?

We understand that consumers don’t understand the bail bond business very well. We created ExpertBail to help solve this problem. All ExpertBail Agents that are listed on our site have met strict criteria  and you can rest assured that any agent you select will be an ethical bail bondsman. If you’re looking for specific criteria, some important things to consider are: how professional and respectful they are, do they respond in a timely manner and how long they have been in the business.