Blackfoot Valley Dispatch - The Blackfoot Valley's News Source Since 1980

By Troy Downing
Montana Securities and Insurance Commissioner 

Op-Ed: Bail or Jail? Montana's Wild West


Montana's Wild West is alive and well as a rogue subset of bounty hunters commit crimes and abuses against defendants on bail, their families and the public. State law gives bondsmen unrestrained arrest powers leading some to employ dangerous tactics that threaten public safety and infringe on defendants' rights.

There is a clear need for Montana to create sideboards, rules, and arrest reportin...

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