Connecticut Legislators Hear Complaints About Bail Agents

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A growing number of Connecticut residents are complaining that bail enforcement agents are breaking the law by kidnapping defendants, using excessive force against fugitives and their families and impersonating police officers, reports the Hartford Courant.

A legislative report critical of the state’s bail bond system, released Wednesday, says that as the number of people who skip out on bonds rises, the actions of the bail enforcement agents, also known as bounty hunters, are causing concern.

The number of bail enforcement agents, who capture fugitives who skip out on bonds, has risen dramatically over the past few years – growing from eight licensed agents in 1997 to 182 this year.

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