Wake County Jail Ruled Unfair?
Tue, 10/29/2013 - 11:27
Don’t go to jail in Wake County because you won’t be allowed a fair chance to make bail!
On Thursday, March 28th of 2013, at exactly 4:55PM, the Wake County bail bondsmen were notified via email that the Wake County Bail Bondsman list was not going to be re-posted in the Wake County Detention Center. This change took effect on the following Monday, which happened to fall on a holiday weekend, allowing almost no time at all to try to resolve the matter. This meant that as of Monday, April 1st, anyone who was arrested would not have the contact information available for local bail bondsmen, thus the opportunity to post bail.
The removal of the bail bondsman list stemmed from complaints to the Sheriff’s department about inaccurate information. This list, from the understanding of the bail bondsmen, was regularly updated each month. Once in jail, arrestees are not allowed to use cell phones or the Internet and the phones that they are provided with are not capable of calling all cell phones. The individual most likely doesn’t know the phone number to a local bail bonding office, there are no phone books available for them, and it is possible that they may not have a friend or relative that they can contact for help. So now, what can he/she do from jail? Sadly, the answer is nothing. Can you imagine? Keep in mind that not every arrestee is guilty, and he/she could be charged with anything, including minor infractions. Now, because of some possibly corrupt activity, they may be facing jail time until their court date. All of that because a piece of paper holding the information they need to get help was an inconvenience to post on the wall, though it had been for numerous years prior. Does that seem fair? Whatever happened to our rights or “innocent until proven guilty?” You wouldn’t put an innocent person in jail and keep them there, nor is that legal. Despite ongoing communication and efforts made to come to a compromise, the Wake County Sheriff’s Department refuses to rectify the issue. So the question must be asked, “What does the Sheriff have to lose or gain by removing the list?”
This event started back in March but many people throughout Raleigh are still faced with this burning issue. Contact the <a href="http://www.holmesbailbonding.com/">Raleigh Bail Bondsman</a> at Holmes Bail Bonding to get involved in this event movement today.