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Senators take aim at bail industry’s insurers

By: - August 7, 2018 3:46 pm
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“What you need” by Renee is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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“What you need” by Renee is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Last Friday, Sen. Cory Booker D-N.J., and Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio sent a letter to 22 insurance companies requesting details of their finance and their relationship with the bail bond agents they underwrite, reported the Marshall Project.

The letter includes a series of questions asking for information on how the insurance companies are monitoring for abuse and legal violations and the firm’s willingness to consider affirmative steps to end relations with bond agents accused of abusive practices.

“We are concerned that many of our nation’s insurance companies may be pursuing profits at the expense of economic security for vulnerable families and the goals of public safety,” wrote the senators.

Citing recent studies and investigative reporting that suggests that the bail industry is rife with abusive practices that harm low-income clients, the senators asked corporate insurers to disclose details of their “largely hidden” role in the commercial bail system.

Several states have limited cash bail through laws, constitutional amendment or rules of criminal procedure, according to the Marshall Project. New Jersey has essentially ended cash bail since 2017.

In a related item, a federal judge in New Orleans recently struck down the cash bail system.

In Nevada, activists hope to convince the Legislature to reform the bail system by requiring judges to consider house arrest, diversion programs and other alternatives cash bail.

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Jeniffer Solis
Jeniffer Solis

Reporter | Jeniffer was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada where she attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas before graduating in 2017 with a B.A in Journalism and Media Studies. While at UNLV she was a senior staff writer for the student newspaper, the UNLV Scarlet and Gray Free Press, and a news reporter for KUNV 91.5 FM, covering everything from the Route 91 shooting to UNLV housing. She has also contributed to the UNLV News Center and worked as a production engineer for several KUNV broadcasts before joining the Nevada Current. She’s an Aries.

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