Recently I watched a hilarious string of YouTube videos from the Broward County, Florida weekend bail court, and it piqued my interest in the whole bail bond thing. Due to my skills as a cunning and ruthless criminal and, most important, incredibly dumb fucking luck, I've never been locked up and therefore never required the services of a bail bondsman; however, I know many others who have. Anyway, while watching the judges in action, I was reminded of a glaring fact; like just about everything else on this planet, it's all about the money, and they put the "bond" in bondage.
I had no idea that the U.S. is practically the only country in the world that has a bail bond system. In most of the rest of the world, the corruption is so bad, the cops and guards simply cut out the middle man and often directly charge inmates for rent, food, and other “amenities”, but here, the corruption is somewhat more sophisticated. The case of Max Factor empire larva and serial rapist Andrew Luster comes to mind. Despite the fact that he was an acknowledged flight risk due to his wealth and his personal habits (Someone described his only concerns in life on a daily basis as “where he would surf, where he would eat, and who he would drug and rape), Luster was granted bail, because HE HAD THE MONEY! Sounds like a typical overprivileged asshole and potentially future SCOTUS justice to me, lol.
Anyhoo, the U.S. bail system also seems to have a deleterious effect in other ways. In addition to routinely pushing the limits of the Eighth Amendment (Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel or unusual punishments inflicted), it fails to address many cultural aspects. For example, many immigrant communities are often viciously and ruthlessly preyed upon by their own kind. The victims call the cops, the cops arrest the perps, but a day or two later, the victims see the same perps again, who may or may not cease and desist from perpetrating upon them. Unfamiliar with both the mechanisms and indeed, the entire concept of the U.S. bail system, the victims feel that, much like their home countries, the police and the authorities are hopelessly corrupt.