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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Pretrial Wants to Abolish Private Bail

Below is a video clip taken from the NAPSA (National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies) website advertising its annual conference this year called “Game Plan for Change.” The video reviews key speakers at last year’s conference. Rep. Fred Kessler of Wisconsin was applauded when he said, “We can abolish professional bail bonding in the United States.”

PBUS (Professional Bail Agents of the United States) recently alerted its members saying: “…The National Association of Counties (NACo) and the Pre-Trial Justice Institute (PJI) have formed an alliance, funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the U.S. Department of Justice to complete a no-cost technical analysis of current jail population. You know that they will find or create issues of jail overcrowding and that will lead them to recommend the creation of or expansion of a PTR program. (PBUS interpretation: GET RID OF THE BAIL AGENT!)”

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Out of State Bounty Hunters Arrested in MO

Two bounty hunters from Mississippi are scheduled to be arraigned today in Scott County, Missouri, after being charged with engaging in fugitive recovery without a license. Timothy Fugate (pictured at right) and Jeremy McNeil are both featured on their website,, advertising their services for fugitive recovery. Both also claim to be law enforcement officers.

According to this report on KFVS-TV, the men hit the wrong house in Sikeston, Mo, in the middle of the night, searching for a fugitive. Weapons were drawn and the two men were later arrested by local authorities after the home owners called 911.

Fugate and McNeil posted $1,000 bonds for unlawful acts under RSMO 374.789, a class D felony.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

KC Bondsman Charged

According to this report at KCTV-5, bondsman Michael Knight, of Kansas City, faces a felony charge of unlawful use of a weapon and a misdemeanor charge of assault 3rd degree. The report states that Knight had a concealed weapon, although his conceal permit was expired. The charges were filed after Knight allegedly assaulted a 19 year old man while trying to repossess his vehicle. Additionally, the article stated that Knight was repossessing the wrong vehicle as the VIN did not match.

Knight posted a $15,000 surety bond through his general agent, Frank Kincaid.