Bail Enforcement Agents (Department of Business Regulation)

Curtis Waltman filed this request with the Rhode Island Judiciary of Rhode Island.
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From: Curtis Waltman

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Rhode Island Access to Public Records Act ("APRA"), I hereby request the following records:

Records relating to bail enforcement Agents also known as BEA's, Bounty Hunters, bail agents, bail recovery agents, bail recovery agents, skip tracers, or fugitive recovery agents. An itemized list of the records I am requesting about BEA's follows:

-Any training material including syllabi, power point presentations, or any distributed reading material. Please conduct this portion of the search from 1/1/05 to the date this request was processed on.

-Any regulations, policies, guidelines, or any other rules made to limit or manage what a BEA can and cannot do.

-Use of force policies for BEA's.

-All complaints against any BEA licensed or permitted by this agency with the following date range: 1/1/05 to the date this request is processed on.

-Financial documentation concerning the gross income of the Bail Enforcement industry in the state. In addition or in the event the agency does not keep documentation about the overall finances going to Bail Enforcement, any documentation about billing, salary/payment range, or potential benefits are also requested.

-Number of injuries and fatalities reported per year from the Bail Enforcement industry from 1/1/05 to the date this request was processed.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Curtis Waltman

From: Department of Business Regulation

To: requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

Attn: Curtis Waltman, MuckRock News

Dear Mr. Waltman,

We received your request dated 9/17/18 for records regarding bail enforcement agents. Please be advised that the Department of Business Regulation (the "Department") does not regulate bail enforcement agents, and that the records you requested do not exist in the Department's records.

To the best of our knowledge, the activities of bail bondsmen are within the purview of the Rhode Island Courts pursuant to Title 12 of the Rhode Island General Laws. You may wish to contact the Superior Court for further information. Links to the Court's website are included below.

https://www.courts.ri.gov/Courts/SuperiorCourt/Pages/Contact%20Information.aspx

https://www.courts.ri.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Pamela J. Toro, Esquire
Associate Director
[Legal Services / Commercial Licensing /
Gaming & Athletics / Medical Marijuana]
Department of Business Regulation
1511 Pontiac Avenue, Building 68-2
Cranston, Rhode Island 02920
Office: (401) 462-9560
Fax: (401) 462-9532
Pamela.Toro@dbr.ri.gov<mailto:Pamela.Toro@dbr.ri.gov>

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From: Muckrock Staff

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Rhode Island Access to Public Records Act ("APRA"), I hereby request the following records:

Records relating to bail enforcement Agents also known as BEA's, Bounty Hunters, bail agents, bail recovery agents, bail recovery agents, skip tracers, or fugitive recovery agents. An itemized list of the records I am requesting about BEA's follows:

-Any training material including syllabi, power point presentations, or any distributed reading material. Please conduct this portion of the search from 1/1/05 to the date this request was processed on.

-Any regulations, policies, guidelines, or any other rules made to limit or manage what a BEA can and cannot do.

-Use of force policies for BEA's.

-All complaints against any BEA licensed or permitted by this agency with the following date range: 1/1/05 to the date this request is processed on.

-Financial documentation concerning the gross income of the Bail Enforcement industry in the state. In addition or in the event the agency does not keep documentation about the overall finances going to Bail Enforcement, any documentation about billing, salary/payment range, or potential benefits are also requested.

-Number of injuries and fatalities reported per year from the Bail Enforcement industry from 1/1/05 to the date this request was processed.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Curtis Waltman

From: Rhode Island Judiciary

October 3, 2018

Via Electronic Mail (requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>)

Mr. Curtis Waltman
Staff Reporter
Muckrock.com
411A Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

RE: Request for documents dated September 24, 2018.

Dear Mr. Waltman:

We are in receipt of your e-mailed request for documents, dated September 24, 2018, in which you seek "[r]ecords relating to bail enforcement agents also known as BEA's, Bounty Hunters, bail agents, bail recovery agents, bail recovery agents, skip tracers, or fugitive recovery agents." You have provided an itemized list of the types of documents you are interested in. You indicate that you have sent this request to the Rhode Island Judiciary upon the recommendation of the Department of Business Regulation.

The Rhode Island Judiciary does not regulate, certify, or otherwise oversee any "bail enforcement agents" and, concomitantly, does not possess any documentation related thereto. Therefore, we cannot fulfill your request on the ground that the requested documents do not exist. See G.L. 1956 ยง 38-2-7(c).

Notwithstanding, the Rhode Island Superior Court does certify and regulate professional bail bondsmen in accordance with Rhode Island state law. We have located nine (9) documents relating to the certification and regulation of professional bail bondmen that you may find relevant to your inquiries regarding "bail enforcement agents." They are attached hereto in a single PDF file entitled "Bail Bondsmen Response (10-03-2018)." We have waived all costs associated with the production of these documents as a courtesy to you.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at cberke@courts.ri.gov<mailto:cberke@courts.ri.gov> or (401) 222-8631.

Sincerely,

Craig N. Berke
Assistant State Court Administrator
Rhode Island Judiciary

Cc: Justin D. Correa, Esq., Staff Attorney

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