Sens. Kamala Harris and Rand Paul propose discouraging money bail for pretrial defendants

Dog and Beth Chapman have been fighting Bail Reform all over the country.  Now the US Senate has a bipartisan bill that will discourage money bail.  The Chapmans are well known Republicans and hard core supporters of Donald Trump.  Now they face an even tougher fight for the future of their industry, which at the present time, does not look bright.  Now the Chapmans and the Bail Industry have a fight on their hands at the Federal level.  Senate Bill SB10 is still alive and kicking in California as well.



WASHINGTON — Pretrial detention in jails across America costs taxpayers $38 million a day, according to a bill introduced Thursday by Sens. Kamala Harris and Rand Paul that proposes to give states and Indian tribes grants to encourage courts to replace the longstanding use of money bail.

The Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act would give local jurisdictions grants to transitions out of the system of bail bonding used to assure that defendants make court appearances. Harris, a California Democrat, and Paul, a libertarian-leaning Republican from Kentucky, maintain people should not be held in jail simply because they can’t pay for pretrial release.

“In our country, whether you stay in jail or not is wholly determined by whether you’re wealthy or not — and that’s wrong,” said Harris, a career prosecutor and former California attorney general.

“By giving states greater freedom to undertake reforms specific to their needs, our legislation will help strengthen protections for minority and low-income defendants, reduce waste and move our bail system toward more effective methods, such as individualized, risk-based assessments,” Paul said.

The bipartisan bill would make it the sense of Congress that unnecessary detention may be counterproductive, noting studies indicate that those detained for more than 24 hours and then released are less likely to reappear in court than those held less than 24 hours.

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A&E Brings Back Bounty Hunting, But Not The Chapmans

AETV is bringing back a Bounty Hunter to it’s lineup, but not the one you probably know.  This new show called “Akil The Fugitive Hunter” is a mix of documentary and animation ?   Sounds dumb and the title looks to be similar to the original ‘Dog The Bounty Hunter” which was on AETV for 8 seasons.   The Chapman TV series “Dog And Beth: On The Hunt” ended two years ago.

Here is a preview of “Akin The Fugitive Hunter”  Will  or did you watch ?

We don’t understand why AETV never tried a spinoff of the original “Dog The Bounty Hunter”

A&E Network will premiere the new original docuseries “Akil the Fugitive Hunter,” which combines live-action and animation to chronicle the journey of modern-day superhero Akil Muhammad as he tracks and captures some of the most elusive criminals in Los Angeles in order to keep his community safe. Narrated by actor and activist Wood Harris (“The Wire”), the 10 episode half-hour series features original animation from influential animator Carl Jones (“Black Dynamite”)  “Akil the Fugitive Hunter” premieres Thursday, July 13 at 10 PM ET/PT with back-to-back episodes on A&E Network.




Celebrity bounty hunters come to Burlington County to fight bail reform


Photo Credit  : Dave Hernandez for the Burlington County Times

EDGEWATER PARK — Duane “Dog” Chapman, America’s most famous bounty hunter, is coming to the New Jersey Statehouse.

And while he promised not to kick in any doors or handcuff any lawmakers, he and his wife, Beth, vowed to bring attention to what they and others in the bail bonds industry have described as a “tsunami” of crime and injustice as a result of New Jersey’s recent criminal justice reform.

“Your crime has quadrupled and we can’t afford to have it any place else,” Chapman said Sunday before speaking at a town hall meeting on the issue at Restoration Station Christian Fellowship Church off Route 130.

“When you’ve got a snake on the loose, you go after the head of it,” he said about his lobbying effort against New Jersey’s criminal justice system reform law.

The law took effect Jan. 1 and essentially shifted the state from a monetary-based bail system to using a risk assessment that takes into account factors such as seriousness of the crime, a person’s criminal record and the nature of past convictions to determine if the person is a threat to society and should be detained prior to trial.

The legislation was approved in 2014 along with a constitutional amendment permitting some defendants to be held without bail.

Supporters of the new system, including Gov. Chris Christie, say it ensures that people accused of nonviolent or petty crimes aren’t detained behind bars for lengthy periods simply because they don’t have the money to post bail. Conversely, they argue it allows judges to keep dangerous defendants in custody until trial.

The Chapmans, who appeared together on the reality television series “Dog the Bounty Hunter” for eight seasons on A&E and for three seasons on CMT’s “Dog and Beth: On the Hunt”, argue that it hasn’t worked as intended and that dangerous criminals are being released to commit new crimes and that some petty offenders are being forced to remain jailed for lengthy periods because posting bail isn’t an option.

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Web-Exclusive Interview With Reality TV Star Leland Chapman

GALION, OH – WMFD had the opportunity to sit down with Leland Chapman of “Dog The Bounty Hunter” and “Dog and Beth: On The Run” on Saturday while he was in Galion for an event with AA American Bail Bonds.

In this short clip, Chapman talks about his experiences while working on the television show, the difference between his shows and scripted reality TV, and recalls a story from filming.


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