So I open the inbox this morning and I see that Bill King is once again trying to remain relevant by supporting more regulations on the bail bond industry. Here is a snippet of his latest regulatory intrusion scheme.
Harris County is experiencing a spike in violent crimes. Numerous media reports have shown that a significant portion of the increase in violent crimes have been committed by individuals who have been released on bail. One of the reasons for the increase in the number of defendants accused of violent crimes being released is that some bail bondsmen have been discounting and/or financing the fee to obtain a bond.
Historically, bail bondsmen have required a 10% fee to post a bond for a defendant. For example, if a judge sets a bond of $100,000, a defendant would normally be required to pay the bondsman a fee of $10,000. But there are numerous reports of some bondsmen either deeply discounting the fee or writing a bond for a small down payment and financing the balance. By engaging in these practices these bail bondsmen are effectively reducing the bond required by the court and financing a part of the fee creates an incentive for defendants to commit other crimes to make their payments.
That’s crap. Bovine processed hay. And another example of the self-professed unapologetically liberal Bill King.
Let’s be clear. The responsibility for any and all crime committed by people out on bail lies solely with the person committing the crime. Period.
Now, if you want to argue that SOME people that are charged with committing violent crimes should not be released on bail, great. Argue it. Judges have the discretion to not release people into the streets if they are deemed to be risks to society.
Blaming a bail bonding company for the crimes committed by criminals is crap. Bovine processed hay.
But typical Bill King. His SAM party has endorsed one candidate in the November elections. A lobbyist in the Austin area for HD-19. Go figure. BTW, his SAM party is being financed by the Arnolds. Yippee.
How about we focus on the policies of the Harris County Commissioners Court and the actions of the Democrat judges in the county if we want to stop the madness that we see reported on the news every single day. Crime is completely out of control in Harris County and you can lay the blame for the increase at the feet of those that have emboldened criminals.
Let’s face it. Criminals are no longer afraid of law enforcement in Harris County. Want to stop it? Change the politicians in power.
Don’t blame the bail bond industry. BTW, why is 10% a magical number? Why not outlaw bail bonds entirely if they are the issue?
They aren’t the issue but it’s easy to focus on an industry that few of us will ever interact with. Just say no to the unapologetically moderate.