The fight is on! Nationwide there are pretrial release programs working in competition with our industry. They have become our biggest competitors. A few states have fallen prey to their enticements. We must not become one of them. They come like a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
They will preach how people are being locked up on unreasonable bonds. This is true. They should be lowering the amounts of bail. They will preach that innocent people are locked up for way to long awaiting trials. This is true as well. Many courts are taking 2 to 3 times as long to prosecute people and some opt to plead out just to get out.
They try to discuss the cost to the taxpayers as if it will be better to let all the non-violent offenders out without bail. Here is where they are dead wrong!
We have been conducting a study that will show that 90% of all FTA warrants in CT are not on Bail Bonds. Right now there are approximately 43,000 warrants on the state web site. About 5% if them are for VOP. The rest are FTA. That’s over 40,000 FTA warrants outstanding. That’s about 36,000 that no one is looking for. Many are for violent offenders. Many are for FTA. Many are for Felonies. All 36,000 have the same problem. NO ONE IS LOOKING FOR THEM! These are people who have been ordered by the court to appear and have thumbed their noses up at the authorities and said “no way man.” They are not being held accountable for their actions.
When someone asks you, “what is the difference if someone is released on a PTA or on Bond” you must tell them it is all about accountability. When someone says that someone out on a Bail Bonds is the same danger to the public as someone who is release on a PTA you tell them “that’s simply just not true. If the defendant absconds and no one looks for them, they learn that our state has become hunting grounds for their criminal activities. The word gets around and criminals come in from other states to prey upon our citizens.”