South Carolina Bail Agents Academy

South Carolina Bail Agents Academy was founded in order to provide prospective bail bond agents in South Carolina the required 30hr Pre-Licensing education

South Carolina Bail Agents Academy was founded in order to provide prospective bail bond agents in South Carolina the required 30hr Pre-Licensing education

[03/16/20]   Good afternoon,

Please take notice that South Carolina Bail Agents Academy will postpone our 30hr pre-licensing course in light of new information received by South Carolina officials, and the closing of all school systems due to COVID-19. At this time the decision to postpone has been made to protect the health and safety of all participants.

The course will be postponed to April 24-26, 2020 at the following location:

Portside Ferry Wharf Complex
75 Port City Landing Suite 130
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

We thank you for your cooperation, and pray for the safety of you and your families at this time!

Palmetto Surety Corporation

South Carolina Bail Bondsman,

Please see the below email from the SCDOI in reference to the 2019-2020 license renewals, this process is differnet than previous years so please ensure to follow the below closely!

"Thank you for your inquiry regarding the renewal for Surety Bondsman licenses. The information for the Bondsman renewal applications will be transmitted from NIPR to this office however, we do not have a specific timeframe. The NIPR information transfer may take from a few hours up to several days to be updated. The additional questions from the DOI website must be completed before renewal.

The last step to renew your Surety Bondsman license will be to go on line at www.doi.sc.gov. Click on Licensing & CE, Click on bondsman on the drop down line, Look under Renewal Application and click on the word form on line 2. Download or print the additional questions form and email it back to [email protected]. This process will be the same for new Bondsman except look under Initial Application and go to line 5 and click on the word form.

The additional questions are part of the renewal for your bondsman license which runs June 1, -June 30, 2019. Some Bondsman registered or renewed early prior to June 1, however given the numerous Bondsman, it is taking additional time to update and complete the renewal process. The Department anticipate that the renewal process with NIPR will be complete shortly and we will gladly assist you in any way possible."

Palmetto Surety Corporation

October 25, 2018

South Carolina Bail Bondsman,

Today we have read through an article in the post and courier that the Charleston County CJCC (Criminal Justice Coordinating Council) will once again be dipping into the MacArthur foundation funds in an amount of $2.46 million to further push an agenda that will be detriment to secure bail, public safety, and taxpayer funds. This addition of funds has now raised the total amount of funds accepted by the Charleston County CJCC to nearly $4.95 million since 2015, or roughly $1.24 million per year. Has the Charleston County CJCC considered the cost burden this will have on the taxpayers when there is no longer private funding to grasp on to?

In recent years the Charleston County CJCC initiated steps in looking to criminal justice reform at the pre-trial level through funds provided by the MacArthur foundation. The total amount of these funds at the time surpassed $2 million dollars. The goal of these initiatives was and continues to be to reduce jail population by 25%. The objective in obtaining these release numbers is the unsecure release of low-risk defendants, the institution of government funded risk-assessment tools, the citation of low-level misdemeanor offenders rather than arrest, defendant aid, and text message court date reminders. All services that secure bail in the state of South Carolina performs at no cost to the taxpayer.

Steps have been taken to inform and educate the public on the fallacies of these initiatives and the detriment to public safety unsecure bail holds. Please take the time to view the work of the Charleston Jail Watch page. This is a tremendous example showing the public the fallacies of the CJCC, and the significant disservice and harm to public safety these initiatives have caused.

It has further been brought to our attention that the CJCC has been in support of James Smith for Governor and has begun to push their agenda in Lexington and Richland counties. I encourage all to get out and vote on November 6, 2018 to protect the bail bond industry for the future!

Sincerely,

Donnie Mescia
Director of Bail Surety

United Bail of America, LLC

NPR Fails to Provide a Balanced Perspective on Bail Reform

NPR’s Melissa Block and her editors failed to acknowledge or respond when United Bail of America reached out to present balance in the form of a Letter to the Editor: https://www.unitedbailofamerica.org/blog/2018/9/26/npr-fails-to-provide-a-balanced-perspective-on-bail-reform

[09/10/18]   To all concerned parties:

In response to the recent weather concerns facing the state of South Carolina, and due to mandatory evacuation orders effecting many in the low country SC-BAA will postpone their scheduled September 14-16, 2018 class.

This class will be rescheduled for the weekend of October 5, 6, 7 2018. All registrants for the September class will be rescheduled for the October class.

We hope that all remain safe as hurricane Florence approaches our great state!

American Bail Coalition

Results In: Bail Reformer MacArthur Foundation Spending Millions to Increase Mass Incarceration in the Palmetto State

"On the reduction in the total jail population, the County would need to reduce average daily population 8.33% on average over three years. Instead, the data shows that the County increased the jail population by 1.6% over the first year of the grant. In other words, $1.7 million in grant funding bought a bigger average daily jail population."

#bailreform
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[05/11/18]   We would like to remind all South Carolina bondsman to supply a copy of your identigo fingerprint receipt with your license number displayed in the notes section to the SCDOI by May 15, 2018. This receipt must be mailed to 1201 Main St. Suite 1000 Columbia, SC 29201 or faxed to 803-737-6100.

The SCDOI will not accept an emailed copy of this receipt.

Failure to provide a copy of the receipt to the SCDOI will result in a $250 fine.

American Bail Coalition

"Criminals have all the rights. Victims have none. The inability of government to live within its means is creating more Get Out of Jail Free cards than the makers of the Monopoly game."

PBUS

"He said, 'If you think I'm going to make a bail decision based on a numerical score, you have another thing coming. I didn't go to law school to reduce human beings to a number between 1 and 6.'"

scbailacademy.com

South Carolina Misdemeanor Bench Warrants

Response to South Carolina misdemeanor bench warrants being recalled for defendant due process violations. What are the bail bondsman's rights?

scbailacademy.com Donald F. Mescia III B.A. Sociology (University of South Carolina Beaufort) ​ M.S. Criminal Justice/Public Admin. (Liberty University)

dailycaller.com

EXCLUSIVE: Inside The Money Bail Industry’s Fight To Stay Afloat Amid Reform

dailycaller.com Most lawmakers agree that the nation's bail process needs to be reformed, but the question of what those reforms should look like remains a point of bitter contest. With critics of the current bail

South Carolina Bail Bondsman Checklist

South Carolina Surety Bondsman Checklist

www.scbailacademy.com Step 1 Take the state mandated 30hr bail bondsman runner course Receive completion certificate at completion $375 Step 2 Register for the state mandated 19-16 bail bondsman/runner test Call...

postandcourier.com

Thousands of arrest warrants for low-level offenders recalled under directive from South Carolina's chief justice

postandcourier.com Tens of thousands of South Carolinians wanted for arrest for skipping court dates or blowing off fines might be breathing a sigh of relief as judges have stopped jailing some

United Bail of America, LLC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Steve Gardner
[email protected]
202-791-3502

STATEMENT BY UNITED BAIL OF AMERICA
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DON MESCIA

The Arnold Foundation Risk Assessment Tool Fails the Test of an Effective Tool

CHARLESTON, SC, October 16, 2017. – Last week Harvard Law convened a panel to discuss risk assessment tools and their impact on the criminal justice system.

According to the criteria laid out by the expert panel, the Arnold Foundation’s tool violates nearly every accepted practice for using this type of risk assessment tool. The proponents of the Arnold Foundation risk assessment should watch every minute of this one-hour discussion.

The experts convened laid out the case for good data going into any tool. They stressed the need for transparency on how any tool like this would work. They emphasized how, at this time, we need judges to work with these types of tools and not rely on them exclusively for decision-making. They talked the dangers of these tools possibly not keeping up with trends and changes in how laws are administered. In short, they made a convincing argument that tools such as this are still a long way off from being an effective solution for determining risk, the very problem they were created to solve. The experts also made the compelling and shockingly obvious argument that any tool that taxpayers are funding, like the Arnold Foundation tool, should be transparent so that taxpayers know exactly what they are paying for.

The panel made a very appropriate analogy to what is currently happening in the criminal justice system. Imagine that instead of listening to your doctor, you simply fed incomplete data into a computer that only knew part of your medical history. Imagine that the computer told you what medicine to take and then you were forced to take that medicine. No one would ever do that. But that’s exactly what the communities relying on the Arnold Foundation are doing every day. People’s lives are being changed forever by a tool with incomplete data that no one except the Arnold Foundation understands and we’re all expected to be ok with this.

Please check out our website for more news about the bonding industry.

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huffingtonpost.com

Mark Zuckerberg Is Funding The Fight To End Money Bail In The U.S.

huffingtonpost.com The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is one of the biggest donors to Civil Rights Corps, a startup nonprofit that could help take down the bail bonds industry.

bizjournals.com

Bail Industry Poised To Take On Zuckerberg And Soros To Protect American Citizens - Atlanta Business Chronicle

As the bail bond industry comes under attack, the UBA is poised to take a stand against those who aim to do away with insurance backed bail bonding.

bizjournals.com United Bail of America today announced that it is fighting back against the Zuckerberg and Soros funded initiatives to end bail in the United States. Don Mescia, Executive Director of United Bail of America said, "There is a growing and completely misguided effort to end the bail system in the Unite...

scbailacademy.com

Bail Bond Class SC: Risk Assessment

scbailacademy.com Risk assessment in bail, SC code of laws 17-15-30! What should judges use in determining bail?

PBUS

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scbailacademy.com

South Carolina: A Debtor's Prison?

Is South Carolina a Debtors prison?

scbailacademy.com ​A hot topic in the criminal justice community revolves around the monetary burden placed on the pretrial housing of accused defendants. The debate on how to handle pretrial defendants occurs at...

[05/28/17]   Congratulations to to the students who completed their 30hr Bail Bondsman/Runner prelicensing class 5-28-2017. Good luck on your state examinations! I look forward to working with you all to maintain and promote this industry for future generations.

A Bail Now Bail Bonds Inc.

The following article attempts to detail the mindset that those whom lack the monetary resources, poor, to post bail languish in jail pending trial. The case study utilized in this article calls into question the magistrate judges competency in setting bail more so than the question of affording bail. All individuals in South Carolina are afforded the right to a Personal Recognizance (PR) bond, unsecured release without a monetary burden. Therefore, if a judge makes the determination that secured surety bail shall be utilized a judge does so by taking into account public safety, community ties, job history, previous failure to appears, etc... The judge makes this determination to secure public safety, and protect the state/taxpayer from loss if the accused fails to appear in the court of competent jurisdiction pending trial. The analysis of the case study presented intentionally omits the fact that the individual studied was given a bond reduction from the initial bond of $10k to a bond of $5k. It also omits the fact that the defendant had previously been found guilty and sentenced to a 2 year prison sentence for drug possession, which is information a magistrate judge takes into consideration in determining the proper procedure for bail to ensure public safety and appearance. The defendant utilized the service of a bail bond company one day after receiving the bond reduction in order to secure their release from jail. Therefore, this defendants case was dismissed while maintaining their freedom by utilizing the services of a bail bond company. Since the resolution of the case the defendant has been written a summons for the possession of drug paraphernalia for which the defendant failed to appear in court. The state of South Carolina by in large utilizes personal recognizance (PR) releases for defendants pending trial, as such the question remains why was this defendant not granted a PR bond? Why was this defendant not granted a PR bond at a second bond reconsideration hearing?

scbailacademy.com

South Carolina - Get Out of Jail Free Card

Is South Carolinas get out of jail free card harming the tax paying public?

scbailacademy.com South Carolinas get out of jail free card, or personal recognizance bonds have become the wave of criminal justice. Should the tax paying public be worried?

scbailacademy.com

South Carolina Surety Bail Bondsman Class

scbailacademy.com South Carolina surety insurance producer basics to become a limited lines license holder, also required for all South Carolina surety bail bondsman!

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South Carolina Bail Bond Class

Facing criminal justice trends of government funded pre-trial release; the unification of bail agents local, state, and nationwide has never been more important!

scbailacademy.com Criminal justice trends have taken a liberal stance on the pre-trial release of defendants through government programs; essentially eliminating commercial bail. It is important for bail agents across South Carolina to unite for the future success of our i

scbailacademy.com

7 Steps to Become a SC Bail Bondsman

scbailacademy.com How to become a South Carolina Bail Bondsman/Runner in 7 steps. Enroll in our South Carolina 30hr pre-licensing Bail Bond class today!

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What is a South Carolina Bail Bondsman?

scbailacademy.com 4 types of bail bondsman may be found in the state of South Carolina. All bondsman in South Carolina must be licensed by the SCDOI.

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Tax payer funded bail?

Taxpayer funded bail?

scbailacademy.com ​In response to a recent and continuing topic of “no money bail” and the Department of Justices new social justice system to limit pre-trial bail, I ask WHY? The DOJ wants to put an end to...

[08/23/16]   Donald F. Mescia III (Donnie) has been a licensed bail agent and South Carolina Bail Agents Association member since 2011, and a licensed producer/property casualty agent in South Carolina since January 2013. Donnie has grown up in a bail bond family where he has been surrounded by the industry since his father, Don Mescia, first started in the industry 30 years ago. While working as a bail bond agent in South Carolina Donnie has obtained both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of South Carolina Beaufort (Cum Laude graduate), as well as a Masters of Science in Criminal Justice/Public Administration (High Distinction Graduate) from Liberty University. Education has always been a major pursuit of Donnie's throughout his academic career. Through this educational background and years of classroom experience South Carolina Bail Agents Academy www.scbaa.org was formed. The goal is to provide prospective bail agents in South Carolina the educational and practical experience necessary for the future to come.

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Mr. Donald F. Mescia III (Donnie) has been a licensed bail agent and South Carolina Bail Agents Association member since 2011, and a licensed producer/property casualty agent in South Carolina since January 2013. Donnie has grown up in a bail bond family where he has been surrounded by the industry since his father, Don Mescia, first started in the industry 30 years ago. While working as a bail bond agent in South Carolina Donnie has obtained both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of South Carolina Beaufort (Cum Laude graduate), as well as a Masters of Science in Criminal Justice/Public Administration (High Distinction Graduate) from Liberty University. Education has always been a major pursuit of Donnie's throughout his academic career. Through this educational background and years of classroom experience South Carolina Bail Agents Academy www.scbailacademy.com was formed. The goal is to provide prospective bail agents in South Carolina the educational and practical experience necessary for the future to come.
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