Celebrity bounty hunters come to Burlington County to fight bail reform

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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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Dog The Bounty Hunter And Cast. Where are they now ?

 

Many people write in asking what the crew is up to, now that they no longer are on TV.

Duane Dog Chapman and wife Beth Chapman have joined the fight against Bail Bond Legislation that severely limits Bail Bonds, or rids states of them all together.  The move to leave TV came about as a family decision to allow Beth time and energy to pursue the presidency of the Professional Bail Agents of the United States (PBUS). PBUS is a national association which represents over 15,000 bail agents across the United States.   Duane and Beth are not currently in production of any TV series.

Leland Chapman

Leland Chapman has moved to the mainland and lives in the southern US.  Leland still works as a Bail Agent full time and is quite successful.  He is now married to Jamie Chapman and is doing well.  He can be found online at https://www.facebook.com/LelandBChapman/  and on Instagram at @LelandBChapman.  Leland also is making public appearances,  check his Facebook page for details.  Leland appeared in all 3 seasons of “Dog and Beth” : On The Hunt”

Leland married Jamie P Chapman last summer and the happy couple currently reside in Alabama

Duane Lee Chapman

Duane Lee Chapman has moved to Florida and has his own bail bonds business. He is enjoying spending time with his fiancee’ and their young family.  He is doing quite well. You can follow him at https://www.facebook.com/duaneleechapmanbailbonds/ 

Duane Lee is with his long time fiancee and enjoying life away from television.  We missed him on the last series.  A funny man with a great sense of humor.   He has been seen in recent photos with brother Leland. Good to see that team together,  even for a photo

Lyssa Chapman

Lyssa has retired from Television and now owns a Salon in Hawaii called “Tan Lines LLP”  She is raising her daughters and in a happy relationship with her partner. She published a book after being on the show.

Tim Chapman

Last we heard, Tim Chapman has moved to California.  Tim Chapman was a regular cast member for the first four seasons of Dog the Bounty Hunter. Chapman did not appear in the show from season five, to the season seven episode “Mister Mom” which aired on April 14, 2010. Chapman explained that he had taken a break so that he could take care of his four children. He also was dealing with the fallout from his second arrest.   Tim was divorced from Davina.  Tim has vanished from the public eye.

 

 

 

DOG AND BETH: ON THE HUNT – premieres Spring 2014 Eleven, one-hour episodes

DOG AND BETH: ON THE HUNT – premieres Spring 2014
Eleven, one-hour episodes

The world’s most famous bounty hunters are at it again! Dog, Beth, Leland and Dakota are back on the road, crisscrossing the country to train fellow bondsman, and help tracking down some of America’s most dangerous criminals. With their trademark candor and strong belief in second chances, the Chapmans motivate and inspire both the local bondsmen, and the fugitives that the Chapmans capture along the way. This season, Dog introduces new high tech surveillance gear and the latest in cutting-edge ballistic equipment. Expect more adrenaline-filled hunts, dramatic captures, and emotional moments of redemption than ever before.

DOG AND BETH: ON THE HUNT is executive-produced by Duane and Beth Chapman and their production company, Entertainment By Bonnie and Clyde and by Electus, LLC. (Ben Silverman, Chris Grant, Jimmy Fox and Corie Henson), and Alan Deutsch. Matt Trierweiler is the executive producer for CMT.
Returning favorites DOG AND BETH: ON THE HUNT, from Electus, was the highest-rated CMT series this past year and has been renewed for 11, one-hour episodes;

 

Valuable input from ‘Dog’ the bounty hunter

‘Dog’ the bounty hunter provides valuable input on legislation
I’ve always believed that the private sector, given the opportunity, can operate more efficiently than government. In few areas is that concept better exemplified than in bail bonding. Returning defendants to custody is the most difficult part of the industry. It’s also when the industry is most reliant on bounty hunters.

Oklahoma has seen an influx of bad actors in this field. High-profile stories have caused public outcry and requests to do something. For two years, my colleagues and I have been attempting to reform the industry through training, regulation and certification for bounty hunters. This has drawn the interest of one of the most recognizable characters on reality television — Duane “Dog” the Bounty Hunter. I had heard many opinions about Dog and his character. I had also heard many opinions about how his team members conduct themselves during the operation of their business. These questions were answered when I was given the opportunity recently to spend time with Dog and his team in Oklahoma City.

The bulk of Dog’s and his wife Beth’s time on the job is spent in preparation and in counseling defendants. In each case, the couple would immediately begin doing what they could to help defendants turn their lives around. Upon their release, many defendants were ready and willing to do so. We are blessed to have their input on establishing regulations for their industry. I count it an honor to call them my friends and look forward to working with them in the future.
Sen. Ralph Shortey, Oklahoma City
Shortey, a Republican, is author of Senate Bill 1013, which would create the Bail Enforcement and Licensing Ac

CATCH UP WITH DOG, BETH AND LELAND BEFORE THE PREMIERE OF THEIR BIG NEW SERIES WHEN “DOG AND BETH: THE PREVIEW SPECIAL” PREMIERES SUNDAY, APRIL 14 AT 8 PM ET/PT ON CMT

LOS ANGELES – March 27, 2013 – The last time fans saw Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman and Beth Chapman on television, their family was falling apart, particularly their relationship with their three kids. The break-up was devastating. The rift was so deep, it appeared as if the family may never speak, much less hunt together, again.

Now, just one week prior to the debut of the new series DOG AND BETH: ON THE HUNT, CMT will premiere a two-hour preview special that goes behind-the-scenes of their epic struggle. DOG AND BETH: THE PREVIEW SPECIAL premieres on Sunday, April 14 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CMT. The special will re-air throughout the next week on CMT and CMT.com as part of the countdown to the new series premiere.

Fifteen months have passed since Dog and Beth left television. The Chapmans found themselves deeply divided over the future of their family business. Through it all, they never stopped hunting and soon found themselves on a new and dangerous mission without the support of their children. DOG AND BETH: THE PREVIEW SPECIAL shows the dramatic struggles of a professional bounty-hunting team attempting to move on without crucial team members, a father and son both battling their own pride and the Chapman’s unwavering belief in second chances.

Dog and Beth are an iconic television duo and the most celebrated bounty hunters in the business today. In addition to eight successful seasons of their hit reality series, Dog Chapman is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling book You Can Run But You Can’t Hide and his follow-up memoir Where Mercy Is Shown, Mercy Is Given. Their new series DOG AND BETH: ON THE HUNT premieres Sunday, April 21 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on CMT.

For more on the new series, DOG AND BETH: ON THE HUNT and DOG AND BETH: THE PREVIEW SPECIAL, please visit the official show page at CMT.com, join the conversation on Facebook or follow the latest updates via @CMT on Twitter using hashtag #CMTDogAndBeth. Additional information about Dog and Beth Chapman can be found on their website http://www.Dogthebountyhunter.com or via Twitter at @dogbountyhunter (Dog Chapman) and @mrsdogc (Beth Chapman).

DOG AND BETH: ON THE HUNT was created by Dog and Beth Chapman through their production company Entertainment By Bonnie and Clyde. The series is executive-produced by Electus (Ben Silverman, Chris Grant and Jimmy Fox) Jeff Cvengros, CMT’s Jayson Dinsmore, Joe Livecchi and Eliot Goldberg.