Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Bail Agents, This One’s For You

Well, I’ll get right to it. In my last post – which I thought might be my last post – I said I might come back if somebody made me mad. And guess what? Sure enough, somebody did.

No doubt you can guess who. Yes, that’s right, it was a bail insurance company lobbyist, who insisted on going down to New Mexico and trying to trash a project I was involved with years ago here in Colorado. It didn’t work, of course, because the people in New Mexico called me and a couple of others here in Colorado and we told them the truth, something that the insurance lobbyist probably had a hard time conveying in his presentation. 

Bottom line is that I’m coming back, and I’m going to go at this thing full time. Bail agents, you should realize by now that the insurance companies are doing you no favors anywhere in America. By rehashing the same tired and discredited arguments and by misrepresenting the law and the research to keep the status quo, the insurance companies are – perhaps unintentionally – sealing your fate. 

Here in Colorado, everyone can point to the single event that triggered all of us getting together to change bail. It was when an insurance company lobbyist came in from out of town and did what he was paid to do – keep the money flowing to the insurance companies. The problem is that by doing so, he turned people against everyone involved in commercial bail, including you bail agents. The insurance companies are doing the exact same thing today in other American states, and unless those companies radically change their tactics, you can bet that bail agents simply will not exist in any form in America in the next 10 years.

I used to think that the bail insurance companies might ultimately see the real issues and change their strategy to actually help you agents, but now I see that they are too consumed with the free money (that you all give to them) to do you any good. The future of bail and no bail in America simply does not include the kinds of high dollar amounts that seemingly require insurance company backing. And because they don’t belong in any pretrial future that I can think of, insurance companies will continue to argue to keep things the same. By doing so, however, they’ll continue to lose. And as they lose, they’ll most definitely take you down with them.

As a bail agent, I know that you rightfully take some pride (as we all do in pretrial justice) in knowing that you are helping to uphold the rights embodied in both the states’ and the federal constitution. To stay in such a noble pursuit – to be able to feel the same sense of constitutional pride for the next 100 years – you simply must see the insurance companies for what they are and what they are not. Simply put, they are the method of your demise. They are not your friends.