Whether you call it bail enforcement, fugitive recovery or bounty hunting, the modern day bounty hunter works on behalf of a bail bondsman to re-arrest and put in jail a bail bond client who has defaulted on the terms of the bail contract between them. Most often the client has failed to appear in criminal court as promised and a judge has signed a warrant, or capias alias, for his or her arrest. In simple language, bounty hunters work to put bail-secured fugitives back in jail for their clients, who are almost always bail bondsmen(but there are a few other types of clients as well!).
Here is some video of a fugitive recovery team from Detroit in a “Day in the life of…” news format. In spite of Duane “Dog” Chapman, how do you feel this particular news story portrays the current state of the bail enforcement profession?
I personally liked the fact that one investigator stressed safety and respect for those that they encounter but we found comments criticizing the report, too. Many professionals rail against the term “Bounty Hunter” these days and I can see that the agents’ use of the term “Search Warrant” when announcing their presence is a “no-no” because they might be giving the occupants inside the building the impression that they are law enforcement officers.
Good press or bad press? Watch the video and weigh in on this in the comments section below!