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Bail Bond industry against abolishing bail in Washington state

Denny Behrend spends every afternoon at the King County Jail in downtown Seattle, offering bail money to people just arrested on suspicion of committing felony-level crimes.

“First and foremost, I want to say that bail works,” Behrend told KIRO 7 on Wednesday. “It’s something that’s been in the American criminal justice system virtually since the founding of our nation.”

Behrend, of Lacey O’Malley Bail Bonds, and Randy Bosley of Pacific Northwest Bail Bonding are both concerned that efforts to end the cash bail system will be successful in Washington state, as similar efforts have recently been in California and New Jersey.

Bosley claims crime in the Garden State has been on the uptick ever since New Jersey abolished cash bail in 2016.

“It was horrifying because people were just getting out of jail, and once they got out, they were repeating their crimes,” Bosley said. “The bad part was, their crimes were escalating, and it just started happening immediately” after New Jersey’s bail system reform, he claimed.

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