The
Violent
Underbelly

The bail industry has carefully curated a mom and pop image for their agency storefronts - but nothing could be further from the truth.

From hiring trigger-happy bounty hunters who kill innocent bystanders and non-convicted citizens, to stealing fee money and extorting poor families, the money bail cartel promises freedom but delivers a uniquely American nightmare.

The money bail cartel’s villainous conniving doesn’t end at the courthouse; they’ve teamed up with white supremacists, gangs, and career criminals to threaten, intimidate, extort - and even murder - their customers.

Our criminal justice system should not be owned and operated by the very people it was designed to punish.

October 11, 2004

Bail Agency Tied to Racist Gangs, Officials Say

The family running American Liberty Bail Bonds in Orange County, CA was accused of hiring unlicensed bail bondsmen (bounty hunters) with ties to racist white gangs in Southern California, known largely for trafficking drugs like methamphetamines.
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September 25, 2013

Feds, local law enforcement target Mexican Mafia

Another bail bond agency in Orange County, Jack Glenning Bail Bonds, teamed up with the Mexican Mafia, calling on them to threaten those who skipped bail with violence if they didn’t pay up.
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November 28, 2104

Bail Agent Asked Gang Members In Jail To Commit Crimes?

Lexington National Insurance Company served as the underwriter for Singh Bail Bonds, run by Praveen Singh. Singh was arrested by federal investigators in 2015 for soliciting gang members in prison to commit crimes, among other things.
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November 15, 2010

Court Revives Suit Over Bounty Hunter Slaying

Bounty hunters operating under the Bail USA and Seneca Insurance umbrellas were chasing down a man who had ignored a traffic ticket, and instead suffocated and killed an innocent bystander: the man’s brother.
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May 03, 2017

7 Bail Bondsmen Charged In Shooting Death Of Clarksville Man

Seven bondsmen were indited with murder after shooting a man to death in a case of mistaken identity.
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March 31, 2018

When Bail Feels Less Like Freedom, More Like Extortion

The New York Times calls the money bail industry the “payday lenders of the criminal justice world” and tells the story of Ronald Egana. Egana, who couldn’t afford to pay the premium on his bail, was kidnapped repeatedly by agents with Blair’s Bail Bonds, who held him for ransom - and even caused him to miss his court date - until his family agreed to make payments.
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December 19, 2015

San Jose Bail Agent Arrested on Suspicion of Extortion

The owner of Santa Cruz’s “Jake’s Bail Bonds” was arrested in 2015 for attempted extortion – charging outrageous fees (like $20K for “recovery expenses”) and attempting to foreclose on the accused’s father’s home.
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August 11, 2014

Prosecutor: Modesto bail bonds owner orchestrated criminal conspiracy

AJ Bail Bonds owner orchestrated a criminal conspiracy to kidnap and extort money from clients.
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Nov 22, 2008

Bakersfield bail bondsman busted on suspicion of defrauding clients

Joaquin Cruz of Cruz Bail Bonds, who worked for Allegheny Casualty Insurance Company and International Fidelity Insurance Company, was charged with embezzlement, false imprisonment, attempted extortion, and hiring unauthorized bounty hunters following a two-year investigation by the CA Dept. of Insurance.
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October 22, 2010

Bails Bondsman Abducts Customer at Gunpoint

Damion Perkins of Bail Bonds United was arrested in 2010 for kidnapping for ransom and assault with a deadly weapon. Perkins allegedly held the customer for ransom until he could obtain additional money and illegal drugs as payment for his release.
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Apr 22, 2013

New video prompts police probe of Lipstick Bounty Hunters

Bounty hunters with the California-based “Lipstick Bail Bonds” (run by two former police officers and a former correctional officer) can be seen in this video breaking down the door of someone’s home, looking for an ex-boyfriend the victim hasn’t seen in over a year. The video also shows footage of the “women in pink” cornering a target and dangerously wielding tasers and other firearms in a crowded Arby’s.
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July 2, 2014

Family sues after bail agents target wrong house

Bail agents for Temecula based Fausto’s Bail Bonds are sued after a pair of armed bail agents break into the wrong house with two teenage that were home alone inside.
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