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This problem is not only Columbus Co.

Unsecured bonds do have their place in the judicial system BUT they have been given out way too much just to save time for which ever magistrate or judge a defendant is in front of. If a person has been arrested and they are charged with $10,000 unsecured bond for a drug possession charge, don't you think the evidence is pretty good against them is pretty good to give them a bond like that? So what's the use in making their bond unsecured? As bondsmen we have to ensure that that person is in court or we have to pay the bond amount. Why would the county not want to make sure that they would be covered either by a possible conviction of this person and getting the drugs off the streets or receiving bond forfeiture money, in this case $10,000 that goes to the school board attorney for that county. This is happening in Columbus, Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender counties. I know people dont care about the bondsmen but we are an important part of the judicial system. We are NOT paid by any taxpayers dollars and we do contribute money to our county. I dont know why Mark Cartret is upset he is also in the electronic monitoring business(TarHeel Monitoring). They receive contracts to monitor a defendant for a certain amount of time for a certain amount of money which is funded by the county in efforts to "free up" jail space.Here is a link that addresses this issue http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yr0XyxjxS4 <-Copy and paste it in your browser

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