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The bail bonds business has been around for more than 300 years and little has changed over those years.
Bail bonding began around 1677 when English Parliament created Habeas Corpus Act, which allows an accused person to challenge the court for unlawful imprisonment, according to HowStuffWorks. By 1689, the English Bill of Rights included laws against excessive bail.
“Our business has been around for many years,” said Inessa Chavez, vice president of All American Bail Bonds in Santa
Clarita. “While it may not be a popular business to get into, it’s important to our community.”
The excessive bail law in the 1689 English Bill of Rights influenced the United States’ eighth amendment which is still in use today, according to HowStuffWorks.
The Judiciary Act of 1789 stated crimes that were not eligible for the death penalty were bailable, according to the website. The bail laws remained virtually unchanged until 1966.
The United States congress passed the Bail Reform Act in 1966 which allowed defendants to be releasedwith a little burden as possible, according to the website.
Another change to bail law occurred in 1984, known as the Bail Reform Act, which said that defendants who are considered dangerous should be held in jail until their court date, according to the website. The law established new categories of who could be held without bail including those charged with very serious crimes, repeat offenders, the potentially dangerous and anyone who might be a flight risk. The act also stated that those who were eligible for bail were required to have a bail hearing.
“We, as bail bonds agents, are considered the black sheep of the insurance industry,” Chavez said, “but we care, especially at All American Bail Bonds in Santa Clarita. We know that what we do is important and contributes to our community.”
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