I wrote an article about this subject yesterday, if you missed it you can read it here. I have an inquiring mind and when I woke up this morning it was still bothering me.
So at 7am I was researching and reading. My first stop was to revisit the actual lawsuit. If you are an insomniac you can read it here.
The story in a nutshell is that Maurice Walker got busted for public drunkenness. The city of Calhoun (Georgia) police arrested Maurice and told him he would have to pay a $160 cash bond or go to jail, pending a court appearance. The man has some mental challenges, survives on $530 per month and lives with his sister.
He spent 6 days in jail because he did not have the $160.
Deprived of his medication and forced to spend 23 hours a day in his cell, Walker was not scheduled to appear before a judge until 11 days after his arrest. But D.C.-based civil rights attorneys and lawyers with the Southern Center for Human Rights intervened, filing a lawsuit on Walker’s behalf while he was still in custody. The suit described Calhoun’s preset bail system as a “money-based post-arrest detention scheme” that discriminated against the poor.
I think it is stupid to keep someone in jail for almost a week for such a trivial charge. It is a great story for people that support the various types of Pre Trial Release. Indeed the http://www.civilrightscorps.org/ and https://www.schr.org/about/accomplishments are clear that they are big fans of PTR.
So here is where I get so confused… why would PBUS want to get involved in this ‘dog fight’? (sorry I could not resist).
The Daily Report published this article. The nits and grits being:
On Thursday, cable reality TV bail bondsman Duane “Dog” Chapman and his wife, Beth—president of Professional Bail Agents of the United States—showed up at the Eleventh Circuit after advancing their attendance with an advisory to national and local media. In defending the need for bonds and what she said was the $1.2 billion bond industry, Beth Chapman called for hearings as to whether jailed individuals were indigent rather than releasing them on their own recognizance. “People are not in jail because they’re poor,” she insisted. “They are trying to paint a picture that all poor people are languishing in jail, and it just isn’t true.”
If someone can explain how this advances the needs and wants of the Commercial Bond industry is beyond me.