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The Afternoons with Amos PODCAST For August 31, 2015. (Interview With Bail Bond Agents Starts At 6:00 Mark On PODCAST Media Player).  Bail is a Constitutional Right in Indiana.  Section 17 of Indiana’s Constitution states that  “Excessive bail shall not be required. All penalties shall be proportioned to the nature of the offense.” Section 18 of the same Constitution says: “Offenses, other than murder or treason, shall be bailable by sufficient sureties.” So why are Marion County’s Criminal Courts out to ruin and wreck the bail bond industry.  In recent months, more and more Marion County Superior Courts have required “Cash Bail” as opposed to “Surety Bail”.  In Surety Bail, going through a Bail Bond Company, a defendant pays 10% of the amount of the bail to the bail bond company as a “premium” or insurance that the defendant will appear in court.  If they don’t, the bail bond company will apprehend them and return the defendant to the custody of the Court.  But with a cash bail, the defendant pays the full amount of the bail.  But if they fail to appear in court, its up to the Marion County Sheriff or IMPD to apprehend the defendant and compel them to appear in court.

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Mark Thompson

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Lionel Thompson

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Five Indianapolis Bail Bond officials and agents appeared on Afternoons with Amos to tell Amos and listeners that the courts have escalated their use of cash bonds while refusing to allow defendants to do business with their companies.  The result is more defendants failing to appear in court adding to the 30,000 FTA (Failure to Appear) warrants in Marion County. A number impossible for the undermanned Sheriff and IMPD to handle.  On the program Bryan and Gina Frierson, Mark Thompson, Lionel Wooden and Steve Warren made the case that requiring cash bonds in many cases places working poor defends to remain in jail months before their trials.  Especially on minor offenses.  This causes defends to lose their jobs, fall behind on child support and perhaps cause the Department of Child Services to take away their children.  During the program, Amos looked through the budget of the Marioni County courts but couldn’t find where the revenue of these cash bonds was going to.  The bail bonds folks believe that some of the revenue was going to subsidize the costs of electronic monitoring of persons by Community Corrections.  Others weren’t sure the excess cash money was being forwarded to the state where its to be used for returned to local schools, or for police pensions, or to reimburse counties for funds needed to return prisons captured out of state.  The great fear is that the bail bond industry in Indianapolis will be allowed to go out of business; increasing the cost of bail for working class and working poor defendants. And reading those words in Indiana’s Constitution, some feel the actions by local courts to move exclusively to cash bonds may be unconstitutional in Indiana.

Justice Or Else: What Should We Expect From The 20th Anniversary Commemoration Of The Million Man March?

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(Interview on Million Man March Starts At 53:09 Mark On Media Player). It was history when over two million people, mostly men, converged on the Washington Mall on the third Monday in October 1995 to answer the call of Minister Louis Farrakhan’s Million Man March. Now, twenty years later, its the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March and Minister Farrakhan and scores of other organizations have put out the call for a new gathering in Washington on Saturday October 10th, using the numerical signature of 10-10-15.  The theme of the Saturday is Justice or Else and appearing on Afternoons with Amos to talk about the goals and objectives of this new Million Man March was Minister Nuri Muhammad of the National of Islam’s Mosque 74 here in Indianapolis.  Minister Nuri explained that unlike the march 20 years ago, this event, this gathering is more inclusive.  It is reaching out to Hispanics, Native Americans, Asians and poor, working class whites as well. All those hurting by the system today.  Unlike the first march, men and women and children are encouraged to participate.  Joining Minister Nuri in the interview was Dr. David Hampton, Senior Pastor of Light of the World Church and community activist Toby Miller.  All three talked the importance of Indianapolis standing strong in the Justice or Else gathering on 10-10-15 and to attend the first of several organizing meetings.  The first is Tuesday, September 1st, at 7:30pm at Light of the World Church 4646 Michigan Road.  Click the Link To Read More and See Videos About the Million Man March 20th Anniversary Gathering. JUSTICE OR ELSE – MILLION MAN MARCH OFFICIAL WEBSITE

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(Major Announcement At 4:02 Mark On Media Player). Afternoons with Amos also announced exclusively the first ever visit to Indianapolis by a Secretary of Education.  As part of the US Department of Education’s Back to School Bus Tour, the Secretary Duncan will be holding a Town Hall Meeting with Community, including a student panel at historic Crispus Attucks High School on Wednesday Evening, September 16th.  Details forthcoming. But Click the Link To See/Read More Details About the Secretary’s Back to School Bus Tour through the American Midwest. US DEPT OF EDUCATION BACK TO SCHOOL BUS TOUR  The Afternoons with Amos PODCAST for Monday, August 31, 2015 Runs 97 Minutes. ©2015 WTLC/Radio One. PODCAST Starts After Brief Video Ad