Not Cops: Bail and Bounty Oversight

A project tracking regulations that may or may not exist regarding bail enforcement agents and bounty hunters around the country.

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Louisiana Department of Insurance complaints highlights growing problems in the bail and bounty industry

Louisiana Department of Insurance complaints highlights growing problems in the bail and bounty industry

Since 2009, the Louisiana Department of Insurance has recorded 247 complaints against bail enforcement agents, also called bounty hunters. The list of reasons given on the spreadsheet provided indicate that the wide range of problems that exist in an industry notoriously free of oversight, and range from abusive behavior to outright theft.

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Five heartbreaking examples of why the bail bonds industry is badly in need of reform

Five heartbreaking examples of why the bail bonds industry is badly in need of reform

459 pages of complaints from the Nevada Division of Insurance (NDOI) related to bail bondsman point to epidemic in the state: bounty hunters in a largely unregulated industry are routinely using that vacuum to line their own pockets or abuse their customers.

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The horrifying case of Curtis Maroney illustrates the need for more oversight in bail enforcement

The horrifying case of Curtis Maroney illustrates the need for more oversight in bail enforcement

In the process of continuing our investigation on the world of bail enforcement, we have uncovered the horrifying case of Curtis Maroney, a South Carolina bounty hunter who for years abused his position to extort women for manual labor and sexual favors.

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Harrowing audio clip reveals unlicensed bounty hunters running amok in North Dakota

Harrowing audio clip reveals unlicensed bounty hunters running amok in North Dakota

After filing near 50 public records requests tracking regulations that may or may not exist on bail enforcement agents (also commonly called bail recovery agents or bounty hunters), is that the industry is almost entirely devoid of any meaningful oversight. A perfect illustration of this comes to us from North Dakota’s Insurance Department, which helpfully provided a lone audio file concerning a violent struggle by an unlicensed bounty hunter team, and a single complaint written by a woman whose brother had experienced the wrath of an abusive bail agent.

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