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New Haven’s Rise in Gang Violence

New Haven’s Rise in Gang Violence

The effects of violence on any community can be devastating, but in a community, such as orange, CT area, already plagued with high crime rates, a community can become crippled. Reports, such as the recent senseless shooting of 48-year-old Mary Townsend, are not few and far between for a city such as New Haven. Sadly enough, even though this town is the second most populated city in Connecticut with just over 129,779 people, and includes one of the top universities in the country (Yale), it still ranks as the second most violent city in all of the United States.   However, even though stats are high, police are doing their best to curb violence, by working with local, state and even national authorities to find and arrest gangs, as well as those carrying illegal substances and firearms.   Bridgeport’s Police Chief said he was “furious with his city’s ranking” as Connecticut’s second most violent city and the nation’s fourth. He continued to say that studies like this “don’t dignify a response” and “Yet, here we are again. A string of these junk studies come out every year even though the FBI implores people against it because they are overly simplistic and utterly misleading.” However, he does hope that people will look at the city’s positive aspects instead of focusing on the bad.   Regardless whether or not you are in agreeance with this particular point of view, the stats are astounding. 15 murders per every 100,000 people is too many.   Why the Rise in the need for bail bonds in New Haven? The FBI points to the increase...
New Haven Bail Bond Laws

New Haven Bail Bond Laws

Did you know that each state has their own laws when it comes to bail bond agents and insurance? If you have been arrested and issued a bond for your release, you or someone in your family should familiarize yourself with the state laws concerning bail bonds.   First, you must know that no matter the state, before you sign on with a bail bond agent, you must make sure they are licensed in the state you are working with.  Since we are in New Haven, we have saved you some time and verified that all New Haven bail bond agents are licensed with the state of Connecticut. Additionally, in Connecticut, bail premiums are set and regulated by the Connecticut Insurance Department and before any bond can be issued, it must be authorized by the signee or third party assigned to care for the payment of the bond by the detainee. If the premium set by the state cannot be paid at the time of the agreement, the bail bondsmen has the option of setting up a payment agreement – with a certain date that the premium must be paid in full or the bail agreement will be forfeited by the detainee. This agreed upon date is on average 15 months from the time of the original signature.   Co-Signers Necessary Connecticut bond law states that at least one co-signer must be on the original agreement in case the defendant fails to pay the bond or even the bond premium by the date agreed upon by the bondsman.  If this occurs, the co-signer must step in and pay regardless...
Overcrowded Jails In New Haven

Overcrowded Jails In New Haven

There are many pieces of the justice system that contribute to overcrowding in our American jails. Just one of these contributing factors is high bail prices. High bail prices tend to make it harder for minorities and the poorer populations to get out of jail and work towards paying off their debt and make restitution for the crimes they have committed.   Some people have argued that the new haven jail overcrowding is only worsened by higher bail rates which has the potential of contributing to homeless crimes committed for the sake of incarceration. The homeless population, in states with harsh weather especially, have been known to have a higher crime rate due to the knowledge of a warm bed and meal. Somehow jail, and the fact that they won’t be released without bond, seems preferable to a hard, cold cement bench and “shamefully” begging for the next meal.   Does it even make sense to risk incarceration for a place to lay your head? To the average person, probably not. But to some it offers a warm, well-fed environment in which they can live for a short amount of time, funded by taxpayers. These are, of course, just a few of the reasons American jails are becoming overcrowded. But, do bail bondsmen and the bail set really make that much of a difference in the long run?   How Do Bail Bonds in New Haven Contribute? It may seem like bail bondsmen really don’t have a lot of control over the jail and justice systems within the state in which they operate. This however, is not always the...
Are Bail Amounts Set Higher For Minorities In New Haven?

Are Bail Amounts Set Higher For Minorities In New Haven?

In the early nineties race was a heavy issue in the courts of New Haven, Connecticut and all across Connecticut courts in general. Research was conducted by the Stanford Law review which substantiated claims that race and sex were both issues when it came to setting bail bonds. According to the Stanford research, it was determined that bail for minority defendants, including black or latino defendants, was on average 70 times higher than their white counterparts. According to New Haven Court of Common Pleas, black and hispanic defendants usually receive higher monetary bail and are less likely to flee than other races. How Can we Fix these Issues? There is no real way to solve race and gender issues indefinitely; however, there are certain strategies that have proven helpful when combatting these issues within the court system. 1. Bail Agency Competition: The greater the competition, the greater the equality in price of bail bond premiums. There are at least 8 New Haven bail bonding agencies. The rates for bail bond fees are set at a state level though, and can’t be increased or decreased. This keeps things fair for everyone involved. 2. Laws: With racial tensions increasing throughout the world, we expect that there will be additional laws passed in regards to race equality. Some measures have been taken when it comes to bail bond law and discrimination. It used to be that in Connecticut, if the jailers, court, or judge had reason to believe that the defendant would flee before the appointed court day or could potentially be a harm to the city in which he lived, the...