Bail bondsmen would be allowed in Racine County

2013-06-05T10:37:00Z 2013-12-11T13:17:00Z Bail bondsmen would be allowed in Racine CountyThe Associated Press The Associated Press
June 05, 2013 10:37 am  • 

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Legislature’s budget committee has approved creating a private, commercial bail bond system in five counties in Wisconsin before it would expand statewide after five years.

The provision would initially allow private bail bonds in Dane, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Racine and Waukesha counties. Bail bond agents would have to pay the state a $1,000 licensure fee. Recovery agents would have to be licensed private detectives and wouldn’t be allowed to display badges.

The county clerks would have to produce reports on how bail bondsmen have operated six months before the system expands statewide.

Gov. Scott Walker vetoed a bail bond system in the 2011-2013 budget. Asked whether the governor will veto this provision as well, his spokesman said only that Walker will review the budget when it reaches his desk.

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  1. JGleason
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    JGleason - June 07, 2013 9:13 am
    And it should be allowed in every county. Not just 5. There are jails in every county.
  2. JGleason
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    JGleason - June 07, 2013 9:12 am
    Actually Kay, you are wrong. Bail Agents are trained. Some actually work full time as an agent. They must follow all state, federal and local laws while working and have certain requirements to meet in order to be paid.
    It is a sad situation when people are misinformed and spread that misinformation.
    The truly unheartening part here is that they want bondsmen to pay a $1000 licensure fee and also employ only licensed private detectives as agents. They are taking an industry that could create thousands of jobs for this state and turning that into maybe a hundred jobs at best. I thought this was supposed to be about creating jobs. Not legislature pacifying a few supporters.
    I have worked in bail bonds for over 12 years and have never broken any laws in order to receive a pay check. Please stop watch Dog the Bounty Hunter. He is the laughing stock of the bail bond industry. His show is created and rehearsed. He is a convicted felon and does not meet the requirements to be a bondsman or an agent. It is unfortunate that people even watch his show and then believe it is reality.
    This addition to the budget needs to be amended to lower the fees to $100 like every other state and allow the bondsman to choose who he uses as an agent. Not the legislature.
  3. Kay Nine
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    Kay Nine - June 06, 2013 10:44 am
    Actually it will offer bond to criminals that should stay in jail. They will be loose on the streets until trial... to terrorize their victims and the community... and to be able to run before the courts convict them. Granting bond to most repeat offenders just extends their time for more crime and chaos before they're finally caught and locked up again.

    Notice Walker and company have not listed any requirements or training standards for these companies? They are low paid vigilantes working for commission.... so they will do whatever they have to in order to earn their pay. The first few stories of doors getting kicked in and the wrong people being grabbed should wake up the state.
  4. granny grits
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    granny grits - June 06, 2013 8:18 am
    The state's ranking 49th in economic outlook will do the job for you. Walker's policies are truly a dismal failure.
  5. bmk2010
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    bmk2010 - June 06, 2013 5:18 am
    I cant wait to become one. The first bottom feeder fugitive im goin to tackle will be the gov
  6. tansandy
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    tansandy - June 06, 2013 4:55 am
    "wannabes running the streets with weapons and no regard for the laws." Sounds like 80 percent of the hood.
  7. bslechta
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    bslechta - June 05, 2013 9:18 pm
    ill leave my job.in a minute for this
  8. bigboyohboy
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    bigboyohboy - June 05, 2013 4:41 pm
    It will definitely create more jobs!!!
  9. Joeboy5471
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    Joeboy5471 - June 05, 2013 3:44 pm
    Why not. It sure isn't going to make matters worse for the criminal justice system.
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