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America's Next Crime Wave?


Written By Michael J. Qualls

Mar 2, 2019

The First Step Act, that President Trump signed In late December, may be a federal prisoner-leniency bill and a worthy reform. It grants restricted punishment of federal offenders, rational and modest sentence reductions, incentives for rehabilitation, and a few humane enhancements when they serve their sentences. however it possibly undermines public safety. The provisions for electronic observance of early-release prisoners is nothing new.  

Having passed the primary Step Act, lawmakers ought to take care regarding any subsequent steps. Progressives believe that the U.S. over incarcerates and wishes to chop back sharply on the amount of individuals in jails and prisons. however the “mass incarceration” claim doesn’t face up to abundant scrutiny.  Even progressives should acknowledge that the overwhelming majority of Incarcerated inmates are guilty. therefore if it's true that they're over-incarcerated, it should be as a result of too many guilty criminals incarcerated, and as a result of that their punishments are excessive, or some combination of the 2.  

Since over 50 percent of violent crimes goes unreported and police solve a low amount of those that are (about twenty six of reported robberies, for instance), it's troublesome to argue that America incarcerates too many offenders. Any argument created for reducing low-level arrests is moot (think possession of little amounts of marijuana), those offenders, after they are arrested are nearly always given a summons and released, unless they have prior crimes or a history of failing to appear in court proceedings.  

Regarding over punishment? Are penalties therefore so extremely harsh that U.S. prisons are stuffed full of people that are languishing there for many years thanks to some unfair indiscretion? that's the image the dis-incarceration movement portrays.  

First, 23 percent of felons guilty of violent crimes are sentenced to no confinement at all. Second, nearly 80 percent of incarcerated inmates are discharged before serving their full terms. If we tend to gauge penalty by actual time served, then we have a valid argument that America has an under punishment towards crime.  The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that of inmates Paroled in 2016 from state prisons in forty four states, the median For Inmates convicted of homicide had served 13.4 years in State prison. The median for those guilty of any violent crime, murder, homicide, rape, theft or assault was 2.4 years. the typical time served is beyond the median of 4.7 years.  The typical is ticked upward by  a small range of extremely long imprisonments.  

For state prisoners discharged in 2016 irrespective of offense, the common Confinement was 2.6 years and also the median was 1.3 years. 77 percent of state prisoners are freed on average after serving 3 years. This doesn’t factor time spent in jail before trial or while awaiting transfer to jail, the jail time is usually a matter of months and is sometimes counted toward the time served in state prison.  

If these punishments don’t appear excessive, and also the overwhelming range of individuals confined are guilty, then what is further policy changes to accelerate dis-incarceration going to accomplish? Within the past decade, consistent with Bureau of Justice Statistics figures, nationwide imprisonment rates have drastically declined and are currently at their lowest rate since 1996.  Undoubtedly the decline reflects falling crime rates. Despite upticks since 2015, the U.S. murder rate, the most accurately counted crime, since there are few unreported murders, has been modest, particularly compared with 1990s. The 2017 rate (5.4 murders per 100,000 Americans) is down 45 percent from the 1991 rate (9.8). Additionally, since the recession, a minimum of twenty states have had reduction in criminal-justice expenditures, presumably as a method of cost-saving.  

The risk with further reform is that it goes to extreme. The justice system, imperfect although it is, provides incentives to refrain from crime. The weaker it gets, the bigger the danger of a drastic crime increase. That happened during the late 1960s, once the crime tidal wave began, the system imploded. Police were forced to change to a reactive vs proactive model, and the courts handed down fewer and lighter punishments. That contributed to the twentieth century’s largest violent crime wave.  

The saver in all this may be that the Step Act affects solely federal prisoners, and every state will decide for itself if it wants a return of that

How Do I Become A Bail Bondsman?

Written By Michael J. Qualls 

Feb 23, 2019

 I get asked this question more times then I can count. the majority do not follow through with it either. Being a bail bond agent as we are kenned in Missouri isn't glamorous, it's nothing like you visually perceive on TV. With guys running around kicking in doors and acting preposterous, though many unskilled bondsman do act in this manner. If that is the vision of bail bonding you have, walk away now, we do not require you in this business. Skilled professional bail bondsman are invariably welcome in this trade.  Now on to the specifics of how you get authorized in Missouri to be a bail agent.  

1 you're required to attend a twenty four hour training class. you'll be able to cross-check the Missouri Department of insurance website and it'll list approved course instructors. The price is $200  

2 Take the bail agent examination, you do this through Pearson testing, I believe the fee is $30.  

3 Apply for license with the Missouri Department of Insurance, it's required to have a Missouri general bail agent sign off on the application. Missouri bail agents are required to work under general agents. Once two years have passed you'll be able to apply for a general agent license and have agents work under you. The state features a list of general agents. Start calling around and ask if any are interested in new bail agents. keep in mind the squeaking wheel gets the grease.  

4 Get approved in you're local judicial circuits, if indispensable, not all require this.  

5 If you have done all this, you are currently a licensed bail agent, now you must refine your BS meter skills and be able to decide character and risk with restricted information on the fly regarding massive amounts of liability on bonds you post. It's more an art than a science. It's taking a gut feel and constrained facts. I personally believe some individuals will never be a decent bail bondsman, they simply haven't got the texture for it, and ultimately post terrible bonds. That is how you become a bail bondsman in a minute nutshell. If you've got any questions, shoot me an e-mail or text. 

Bail Bonds an Imperfect Perfect System.

Written By Michael J. Qualls

Feb 23, 2019

Bail is a term that describes the discharge of a criminal suspect or arrestee after an arrest and before the resolution of the criminal case. Bail can involve the suspect , or somebody on the suspect's behalf paying cash to a court.  The cash ensures that the suspect returns to court for the remaining hearings of the criminal charge. Therefore, bail isn't a penalization given to a suspect who has not been found guilty of any crime, however bail is the simplest way to confirm that criminal suspect's appear in court while not housing them in custody the whole time, and using Jail resources.  

Bail play's a crucial role within the criminal justice system, because it serves to reduce the incarcerated population, and make sure that suspect's who's cases are in progress will come back to court. Suspect's can be discharged on bail at virtually any stage during the criminal case, instantly after an arrest, or perhaps once a court has issued a sentence, and the case is under appeal, known as an appeal bond.  In general, any time somebody is arrested there'll be 3 outcomes, the suspect is discharged, the suspect is charged and discharged on bail, or the suspect is charged and remains in custody until the criminal  case is finished. Bail is an imperfect perfect system.