Bench Warrants

January 11, 2018 Palmetto Surety Family, All bondsman in the state of South Carolina have been facing a challenging task in obtaining an understanding of the procedure for misdemeanor bench warrants in our state. In early October, it was released that South Carolina had been issuing bench warrants in the summary courts (misdemeanor) against due […]

Continuing Education

January 11, 2018 Dear Agents, Palmetto Surety has been hard at work since the end of 2017 to form our new continuing education department, Palmetto Insurance Academy. At this time, Palmetto Insurance Academy has begun to hold continuing education classes for all South Carolina agents. These classes have been approved by the South Carolina Department […]

The Truth About Misdemeanors

What is a misdemeanor? A misdemeanor is a criminal offense that is less serious than a felony, but more serious than an infraction. Misdemeanors are tried in the lowest local court and generally punishable by a fine between $500 and $5,000, community service, probation or incarceration for up to one year in a county jail, […]

Boston Globe: At Harvard Law, a look at algorithms and the justice system

The Boston Globe recently released an article examining Harvard laws study on using computer models and algorithms vs. judges relying on their own wisdom, discretion, and experience in predicting which defendants are safe enough to release before trial. Click below to read full article Boston Globe ______________ STATEMENT BY UNITED BAIL OF AMERICA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DON […]

Taxpayer Truth Jacksonville

UBA Director responds to article about bail wasting taxpayer dollars While I don’t think that when Emerson said, “Laugh often. Laugh a lot,” he was thinking about the guest column by Curtis Lee in the Florida Times-Union, that is what happened. Mr. Lee, a retired attorney, no doubt meant to enrage the citizens of Jacksonville that tax […]

Scott Willis Op-Ed

With all the confusion and misinformation currently being portrayed about our industry by the Pretrial Services movement, I just wanted to take a moment and share my thoughts. As the various organizations quote skewed numbers and make references to the mentally ill and poor only to further their agenda, I want to discuss real issues […]