According to the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability, taxpayers are now spending $31,000,000 on government-funded pretrial releases versus the $25,500,000 they paid in 2008. This daunting number exists despite the fact that crime has continually decreased during this time. Typically, the cost of these pretrial releases should rise or fall with the crime rate. However, these operating programs continue to take the money of taxpayers.
In an article written in response to an editorial piece in the Tampa Tribune, Attorney Peter Antonacci argues that commercial bail bonds actually outperform government programs while costing taxpayers nothing. Antonacci explains that “the cost comparison should be to compare both forms of release: one is government-funded, which costs (according to OPPAGA) around $500 per defendant, while the other (bail) is funded by the defendants themselves and costs taxpayers absolutely nothing.”
The Tampa Tribune editorial piece, entitled “Bail Bond Boondoogle,” revolves around a legislation that would reduce pretrial release programs, which would result in fewer tax dollars being spent. However, Antonacci goes on to argue that this session is not actually pushing such a bill. He suggests that we look at these government-run programs as welfare programs for criminals.
If you would like to read more about what Antonacci has to say regarding the benefits of bail versus a pretrial release program, click here. If you have any questions about the bail bond process, don’t hesitate to contact 24 Seven Bail Bonds. If your loved one is currently being accused of criminal charges, give us a call at (732) 993-7408 and we’ll help you post bail.