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Failure to Appear Rates Skyrocket Amidst Atlanta Bail Reform

Six-months into Atlanta’s cash bail reform, many waited eagerly at the Atlanta City Council meeting to hear the results. So how did we fare? Unfortunately, the preliminary results are incomplete. Less than one month after the reform was passed, a massive cyberattack hit Atlanta and thus destroyed data collection for four months out of the six-month period.

By |October 15th, 2018|

Lax Rules Tarnish Georgia’s Reputation and Put Residents at Risk; Is it Time to Toughen Up?

When CNBC’s annual America’s Top States for Business report came out in July of this year, many Georgians were surprised to find their home state had tumbled from number two to number seven. Why the big change, readers asked? One of the key categories considered for the report is Quality of Life. If you dig deeper into how CNBC assigns the 300 points in their Quality of Life rubric, you’ll find that crime stats play heavily [...]

By |October 1st, 2018|

The Bail Reform Big Picture

It’s troubling to watch celebrities and big corporate companies latch on to the small picture of bail reform and ignore the big picture because of political interest groups banging on their door. (See this video narrated by John Legend as an example.) It’s always easy to argue or support the small picture. The same arguments can be made over and over again. Small instances of stories with unbelievable conclusions are easy to tell in order to [...]

By |August 13th, 2018|

Bail Reform Laws Leading to Higher Incarceration Rates in Baltimore

Signed by Governor Deal in early May, Georgia Senate Bill 407 orders the courts to consider the financial status of one charged with a misdemeanor crime and to only impose conditions reasonably needed to ensure their safety and court attendance. These efforts aim to reduce excessive bail and to prevent individuals going to jail for misdemeanor offenses just because they could not afford to pay bail. Maryland passed similar reform legislation last year with varying degrees [...]

By |June 12th, 2018|

Georgia Senate Bill 407 Reforms Bail for Misdemeanor Offenses

Since Governor Deal took office in 2011, criminal justice reform has been a major focus of his policy platform. Notably, Deal commissioned the Georgia Criminal Justice Reform Council and signed Georgia House Bill 349, making sweeping changes across the criminal justice system in the form of various grants, increased court funding, re-entry programs for prisoners and other efforts. With the signing of Georgia Senate Bill 407 on May 7, 2018, Governor Deal closed out his bail [...]

By |May 18th, 2018|

Atlanta Bail Bonds Agency Gives 35,000 People a Second Chance

ATLANTA – December 12, 2017 – A 2nd Chance Bail Bonds, a trusted bail bonding agency with locations throughout the Metro Atlanta area, is celebrating 10 years of helping 35,000 people prepare for their defense from home instead of jail. The company has the ability to process bail bonds nationwide and provides services for criminal offenses including DUI, possession of a controlled substance and more.

By |December 12th, 2017|