Letter for State Senators for the Bail Bonds Bill

April 5th, 2011 by Staff


Attention Bubba Army and friends of the Bubba The Love Sponge® Show who live in Florida, our freedom is under attack by some of our lawmakers who are the hand maidens of the bail bondsmen lobby in the State of Florida. In the Florida State House of Representatives Chris Dorworth (R-District 34) is pushing House Bill 1379 and Senate Bill 372 being pushed by Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff; Which would end up costing the taxpayers of Florida up to $55 million per year, according to the Florida Association of Counties. The county jail is the most expensive facility to operate in almost every county in Florida. We elect sheriffs in Florida to manage the budget and population of the jail. Now these legislators are attempting usurp the authority of a duly elected Sheriff in order to line the pockets of special interests, this case, the bail bondsmen for a few thousand measly dollars in campaign contributions.

We are urging you to contact your State House Representative in Florida by email, mail, or phone to let them hear your opposition to these bills. Below you will find some sample letters that can be used to contact your legislators, feel free to add your thoughts on this to the letter as well. Please make your letter or phone call professional and respectful to your representative. We do not want any distraction from the issue at hand. We have also provided links so you can find your representative in the Florida State House of Representatives.


Dear _____________:

Pretrial supervision programs are a tool local governments, sheriffs and the courts use to save county tax dollars and reduce overcrowding in jails. Currently House Bill 1379 and Senate Bill 372 would restrict who is eligible to enter a pretrial supervision program, and take away the local government’s ability to regulate its own jail population. By allowing a state-wide mandate limiting pretrial supervision programs, legislators seek to usurp the power of our elected sheriff, while at the same time giving preference to private industry over the local taxpayers. This legislation further impacts the constitutional rights of the accused.

The Florida Association of Counties has estimated that the fiscal impact on Florida taxpayers is $55 million more in costs. This simply is not the time to create a greater financial burden on local governments, many of whom are struggling to cut their budgets for a third year in a row.

In _________ County, the passage of this bill would result in the need to open new facilities and hire additional full time employees resulting in an increased fiscal impact costing millions of dollars, excluding the cost of sustenance and medical care for the inmates themselves.
As such, we urge you to oppose these bills.

Sincerely,

Name and Town.


Dear _____________:

Pretrial supervision programs are a tool local governments, sheriffs and the courts use to save county tax dollars and reduce overcrowding in jails. Currently House Bill 1379 and Senate Bill 372 would restrict who is eligible to enter a pretrial supervision program, and take away the local government’s ability to regulate its own jail population. By allowing a state-wide mandate limiting pretrial supervision programs, legislators seek to usurp the authority of our freely elected sheriff, while at the same time giving preference to private industry over the local taxpayers. This legislation further impacts the constitutional rights of the accused.

The Florida Association of Counties has estimated that the fiscal impact on the Florida taxpayers is $55 million. This simply is not the time to create a greater financial burden on local governments, many of whom are struggling to cut their budgets for a third year in a row. As such, we urge you to oppose this bill.

Sincerely,

Name and Town

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Please contact the members of the House Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations Committee and voice your opposition to this bill. Their contact information is listed for you below. Thank you for opposing this bill that would have politicians in Tallahassee telling our local Sheriff’s how to do their jobs.

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12 Responses

  1. Marsha

    This makes no sense. Who pays for pre-trial release if it’s not the taxpayer? I rather see the Bailbondsmen get stuck with a loss rather than my taxpayer dollar housing these creeps.

  2. jen & rob

    my husband and i, are not haven that bill pass! so my question is do i write them hey num nuts. do u think it would count. or the write name?

  3. Tom B. Lucas

    Ok I only see three comments so I will post this on Facebook site also.

    Has anyone actually taking the time to read Senate Bill 0372? I completely understand why Bubba is against it, and it is called being a Hypocrite.

    He is using the same tactics he puts down every day that big politicians use. He is telling one side of the store to benefit a group of people he is associated with.

    If this bill were to pass it would not remove the cost of pretrial release but move it to the private sector. The government would save money by contracting the services out as do all major corporations in the US. Nothing has really changed as far as the rules other that people who have not been declared indigent (Section 1 Part 3) have to wait 24 hours to be released under the pretrial release program (Section 1 Part 7 amendment 330632). By doing this people who could easily say pay a $1000.00 bond which is really $100.00 to a bonds person, not adding to the tax payer by releasing that person on pretrial release (Section 1 Part 4). A Judge or Pre Trial Release (PTR) can STILL RELEASE defendant on ROR which is different than PTR (Section 1 Part 1). ROR which stands for released own recognize is just like a bond but no money is exchanged and the defendant just has to show up to their court appearance. Though after 24 hours if that defendant has not bonded out them then are eligible for the pretrial release. PTR usually has monitoring conditions and ROR does not on the broad spectrum of things.

    The bill also imposes set rules for PTR and one must qualify to even be eligible after 24 hours or indignant. This makes sex offenders, violent criminals off the PTR list immediately though not many probably were released on PTR to begin with.

    The bill DOES NOT impede officers to issue a notice to appear. (Section 1 Part 7 of amendment 879544)

  4. Marsha

    You said it yourself! “The county jail is the most expensive facility to operate in almost every county in Florida.”.So who IS paying for housing criminals? The Bail people get them out and make SURE they show up for court to face the consequences of their crime!

  5. josh

    what do u think pre-trail release ??? it is run by a private company that bids on ptr !! when some is on ptr they are 15% more likley to FTA and who pays for that we the skip court??? We do!!! how much does it cost to run a court room per hour??? when people fail to apear it cost every one money at least when then skip on bail bondsmen they pay PTR is a big biss just like every thing else the rich just get richer and mom and pop bailbonds companys will go under just like your mom and pop radio being taken over by big biss

  6. Margery

    I think you may have this bill all wrong. I heard on the show this morning that you are saying it pertains to doing away with the NTA. When in fact, it has nothing to do with the NTA process.

    Pretrial release only accounts for arrests, the NTA are not actual arrests. We call it Pre-Trial Program and it often pertains to people who are first offense offenders and allow them the opportunity to pay fines and/or conduct community hours in place of going to trial or being adjudicated. This bill is trying to stop the courts from allowing the defendants to be ROR in the place of paying the original bond set forth by the judge. In order to have a bond…You had to have been arrested!

  7. Eric

    Bubba is a idiot and has absolutely no idea what he is talking about. That bill will not cost taxpayers more money, it will do the exact opposite by moving the burden to the private sector. Bail Bondsman will foot the bill and be help responsible for the appearance, instead of Pre trial release works who are all on salary from the county.

    Come on Bubba, You real need to get your facts straight before you make yourself look like a idiot. Try researching a topic before you speak on it.

  8. Charles

    I agree with this bill Mainly because if someone misses court that is out on Pretrial Release all they do is put out a warrant and that just gets added to a stack that some deputy is already overwhelmed with and may not catch this person whereas if they are out on bail they do not want the bondsman looking for them and when a bondsman is looking for them there is a greater chance of them finding them in or even out of state and if the bondsman does not find them they have to pay the full amount of the bail to the court so pretty much the court gets a reward for doing nothing and the bondsman has used his own out of pocket expenses to look for the guy and not the tax payers.

  9. Gary

    I dont understand why we are so quick to hand over our freedoms due to something being cheaper or easier or whatever other reason that one can come up with to justify taking something out of the governments hands and put it into the private sector. At the end of the day any bail paid to a bondsman is a sort of theft. If you think being arrested is anything less than a shakedown for money then why do the bondsmen get to keep the 10percent you pay for bail even if you get the case thrown out of court or are found not guilty. Each and every time someone is arrested for some dumbass insignificant crime (guilty or not) you become part of this screwyou system of government. You should be happy to get released and gladly hand over a fee for the pleasure. F OFF!!!

  10. Charles

    Listen I would rather pay and lose the 10% to a bonds man than pay the full amount to the jail and lose up to 50% of that! The 10% is worth my freedom. A lot of people that talk Shiz about Bail don’t really know about Bail or how it works. I do agree that sometimes it can be stupid for crap like insignificant little charges but when your bond is $1000 right now a lot of people don’t have that but can pay the $100 and that is a small price to pay for your freedom.

  11. Bert

    In Sacramento County Ca ther are 92,000 un served warrants of those 170 are on Bond that meens 91,830 def Failed to Appear are now running the streets of Sac. What about the victims who have been affected by these criminals nobody talks about that its just about the 10% a bondsman makes.Our own Federal Gov report on Surety Bail vs Pretrial Service stats those out on Pre trial Release have a 60%+ Failure to appear rate costing American Tax Payers Billions while those out on a Surety Bond have a 10% failure to appear rate that the Bondsman is Financially responsible for costing tax payers $0. Private Bail Industry by far does a better job then does a tax payer funded Pre Trial Release Program.

  12. Bert

    Mothers against drunk driving ie MADD, Crime Victims United,Next Door Solutions To Domestic Violence 3 of the largest National Crime Victim Advocates endorse Private Surety over Pretrial Service. Its about Gov take over of another Private Industry not about what is best for the Victims of crime’s and Safety of our Communities.

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