Monday, September 01, 2014
Who really needs them?
When most people hear the term "Bounty Hunter" they think of the old time vigilantes scouring the land for bail jumpers and getting large rewards for bringing them in "Dead or Alive". Ok, well maybe not most people especially now that we have "Dog the Bounty Hunter" All over the television. I would say most Bounty Hunters follow the law and track down law breakers who have skipped bail and they get paid to bring them back.
However lets for a minute talk about those individuals that do this type of work because they like to work outside of the law and think being a Bounty Hunter gives them rights to break down any door they want and ride straight shot over peoples rights as they look for their bounty jumper.
As in any segment of society there are going to be bad apples, but did you know the laws pertaining to Bounty Hunters hadn't changed until unlicensed Bounty Hunters started breaking down the wrong doors looking for fugitives and Lawyers and congressmen started trying to change the laws and regulations pertaining to Bounty Hunters?
In an 1872 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court backed bounty hunters' power and authority. The ruling claimed, in part, that bounty hunting was "likened to the re-arrest by the sheriff of an escaping prisoner" and that the agents "may break and enter his house" to retrieve the prisoner. That has since been re-discussed as I like to say and regulations have been put on most Bounty Hunters.
I'm not saying we don't need Bounty Hunters, All I'm saying is that ALL Bounty Hunters should have to take courses, be regulated and abide by the same laws as the Police. I don't want someone who has minimal training, isn't licensed or regulated and may be carrying a gun to break into my home by accident at 2:00am yelling at me, and then later realize they have the wrong home and then I find out that I have no recourse to get reimbursed for my broken front door, screen door.
What reason will I give to my crying upset child after the "Bounty Hunters" are gone to look for their fugitive?
I think there are too many people in this field that have no business in it. With little training, almost no experience and little or no qualifications some Bounty Hunters just shouldn't be allowed to go and get bail jumpers.
All Bounty Hunters should be licensed, regulated and trained because even if people think they all are, there's always going to be a few that aren't.
Posted by Mary Kirkland at 12:00 AM