“DOG AND BETH: ON THE HUNT” RETURNS TO CMT FOR ALL-NEW SEASON BEGINNING JULY 18
NASHVILLE – June 15, 2015 – The Chapmans are back! Get ready for an all-new season of wild pursuits and action-packed captures with America’s most beloved bounty hunting family when an all-new season of DOG AND BETH: ON THE HUNT premieres Saturday, July 18 with two back-to back episodes at 9:00 and 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Every week CMT will premiere back-to-back episodes.
Armed with a passion for justice, Dog, Beth and Leland are back on the frontlines traveling across the U.S. zeroing in on the country’s most dangerous criminals. In true Chapman fashion, Dog and Beth welcome a new member to the team, their 22-year-old daughter Cecily, for an even bigger family affair. Beyond the chase, the Chapman’s are also parlaying their expertise to their fellow bondsmen on how to safely capture fugitives while introducing and training them on the latest in high-tech surveillance gear and ballistic equipment. This season, expect the unexpected when Dog, Beth and the gang travel to places like Hawaii, Texas and Alabama with more adrenaline-filled action and moments of redemption than ever.
DOG AND BETH: ON THE HUNT is Executive Produced by Duane and Beth Chapman, Entertainment by Bonnie and Clyde, and by Electus, LLC (Chris Grant and Ben Silverman) with CMT Executive Producer Matt Trierweiler
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By Beth Chapman
As the senior vice president of the Professional Bail Agents of the U.S., our industry could be supportive of New Jersey bill, SCR128, which was passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Chris Christie, and allows judges to deny bail to some offenders. Offenders who have committed a heinous crime should indeed be held without bail to protect the public and to fully ascertain the risk associated with the release of such offenders.
A second bill that was passed however, S946, sets up a non-monetary system to release defendants at the taxpayer’s expense. Despite the rhetoric from legislators and the public that this would prevent defendants from languishing in jail and save taxpayers millions of dollars, the truth is that such a system only sets up another government bureaucracy.
In a state that has current fiscal issues in the forefront, such a taxpayer-funded system will only add to the fiscal dilemma in terms of requiring a new staffing model to manage the program, health care benefits, pension benefits and other associated costs to fund a public welfare system. In numerous criminal justice studies, it has also been shown that defendants released on unsecured means have higher failure to appear and recidivism rates, thus increasing the overall burden to the taxpayer.
The bail industry does not believe such a system is cost-effective to the citizens of New Jersey nor protects public safety for victims of crime.
This bill package marries protection of the community with a criminal welfare system. We have all heard the goal of the bill and the amendment is to detain the dangerous and free the poor. However, this bill abandons the concept of bail for criminal welfare.
Perhaps Chris Christie and his supporters should watch a few hundred episodes of ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter.’
In the absence of any quality information on the cost of the pretrial service program, it is likely that the alternatives to bail will cost taxpayers between $55 million and $250 million per year. This cost will be paid by taxpayers to free all criminal defendants with no accountability or security that the defendant will return to court. Thus causing our police departments more time and money to re arrest those who do not return at all
It is curious why a Republican presidential hopeful would get in bed with a Democratic candidate for congress in a Hail Mary last minute effort to pass this package. If it was so beneficial, why couldn’t it pass with plenty of time to spare? It’s political adultery at best, betraying their own values to position themselves in a new office. All the while, deceiving taxpayers and shutting small business owners out.
What’s worse than political adultery is political adultery absent all stakeholder input. Despite the headlines crying out that all views were considered, what was ignored was the whimper of a few, yet important voices. The bail agents, police chiefs, defense attorneys, victims’ advocacy and others were ignored so a headline could bolster politics.
No one understands this more than I do. As the wife of Duane “Dog” Chapman, one of the world’s greatest bounty hunters, we have made our life’s career out of helping folks get their footing. My husband and I are on the front lines every day of the year apprehending criminal defendants. Perhaps Chris Christie and his supporters should watch a few hundred episodes of “Dog the Bounty Hunter” or he can come on a ride-along with us on CMT’s “Dog and Beth: On The Hunt” to realistically understand how counter-intuitive S946 really is.
From Hawaii to New Jersey and Alaska to Florida, Dog and I are crisscrossing the United States capturing criminals regardless of economic standing or offense (at no cost to the taxpayers I might add) who are evading authorities and putting our communities at risk.
TV’s top bounty hunters Dog and Beth Chapman, their heartthrob son Leland and his heartthrob-in-the-making son Dakota are back with all-new episodes of their hit CMT reality series, Dog and Beth: On The Hunt.
In the series — a grittier, cross-country version of their long-running A&E series Dog The Bounty Hunter — the three generations of Chapmans travel throughout America, helping local bail bondsmen sharpen their know-how, update their equipment and catch some serious bad guys (and girls) in the process.
Dog recently called me from his Hawaii home to talk about his show, his craft, the politics of bounty hunting and his expanding family of bondsmen.
Channel Guide Magazine: We’ve spoken before about the impact you’ve had not just on the fugitives and other bounty hunters you have helped, but on the legions of fans from around the world who look to you and your family as role models. Does that responsibility and public spotlight ever get overwhelming or is it always a blessing?
Duane “Dog” Chapman: It’s actually is a 24/7 blessing. I think the whole idea of being a celebrity is that you “celebrate” what they do. There are celebrity actors, celebrity TV personalities, celebrity writers — so I think we are celebrated or appreciated for our art in bounty hunting and catching the bad guy.
As far as being a role model, I hope to God that I can be that — but you have to realize that everybody can make mistakes and has failures and that sometimes our left foot is bigger than our right and no one is perfect. So it is sometimes very stressful to be looked up to. I try to think “What would Jesus do in this situation?” and try to do the same.
Read the whole interview at http://www.channelguidemagblog.com/index.php/2014/06/26/dog-chapman-talks-family-work-dog-beth-on-the-hunt-cmt/