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Recently in Wisconsin there has been a lot of discussion on how commercial bail bondsman could/will become legal as an earmark to a budget bill. While looking into this matter, one side argues that since bail bondsman charge defendants 10% of the bond and that the defendant never gets this money back that it causes problems with jail crowding since defendants that can't afford the charge don't take the bail bond. But my question is, how does the current system differ? Do the local courts provide bonds to defendants? How do those that cannot afford to pay bail get out of jail? And who is the surety or guarantor?

  • There is always the option of putting up a bond with out using the bondsmen. It just generally costs more. – SoylentGray Jun 17 '13 at 20:34
  • Unfortunately bail is set with the knowledge of the bondsmen existing. – Joshua Mar 9 '16 at 18:14

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