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Rebuttal for Anti-Bail Propaganda

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By now, many of you have heard the watercolor chatter about John Oliver's purposefully misleading piece on bail. Unfortunately, Mr.Oliver's misstatements are not unique in the war on bail-related misinformation and his commentary seems to have taken on an unexpected life of its own.

To that end, we have prepared the attached document that directly addresses some of the falsehoods in the Oliver piece, but is equally applicable to much of the other anti-bail propaganda we are seeing, as well.

We suggest you print it out, share it with your staff, colleagues and friends and use it as you see fit to help all of us disseminate a positive truth about the important role that bail plays in helping our criminal justice system work the way it is supposed to; efficiently, fairly, effectively, and at no cost to taxpayers.

We recognize that you are on the front lines of this fight and want you to know we are also doing everything possible on our end to fight for this constitutionally protected system.

Please review the following article, Industry Misconceptions, by clicking **HERE**

Accredited agent, Glen Pierce, featured in the Bakersfield Life Magazine! 

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Accredited agent, Glen Pierce, featured in the Bakersfield Life Magazine! 

"20 Under 40 People to Watch" by Mark Nessia Bakersfield Life Magazine

These individuals are changing the face of Bakersfield.

The young professionals highlighted in Bakersfield Life’s third annual 20 Under 40 People to Watch entered into a competitive nomination process in March and were chosen as this year’s most promising rising stars in our community. Whether it’s owning their own business, providing the latest care in optometry, making an impact in the educational system or practicing law, these compassionate men and women are improving the quality of life in our community."


Exciting News From Accredited!

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Dear Accredited Agents,

As you know, you, our agents, have always been the cornerstone of our business.  We owe so much to each of you and cherish the relationships that have helped make Accredited Surety & Casualty one of the most respected sureties in America. 

And now the world has taken notice.

We wanted you to be among the first to hear about our exciting news: Accredited is merging with an American subsidiary of Bermuda-based Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings, a multi-national insurance group!



Dave Valentine Memorial Education Scholarship 2013 Golf Tournament

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The 5th Annual David Valentine Memorial Scholarship Tournament will be held the morning of September 14th, 2013. Golfers will enjoy the beautiful Shingle Creek Golf Club located at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. This tournament is in remembrance of David Valentine (1953-2008) and donations support an educational scholarship at Jacksonville University.

David Valentine was a long time Accredited agent and close friend to our family. Dave was the classic definition of an entrepreneur. He was a business leader, serving several terms as President of the Florida Surety Agents Association and as the President of the Jacksonville Surety Association. He also served on the Jacksonville Community Counsel, Inc. and as a Treasurer for Mental Health America of Northeast Florida.


Pretrial release pilots failing to stem county jail spending

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Since the start of the state's pre-trial release program, regional jail spending has gone up in 3 of the 5 pilot counties. Since 2011, spending has increased in all counties but one.

This story is the first in a multipart series examining pretrial release programs, the cash bail system, and West Virginia's growing prison and jail overpopulation problems. This story was produced in conjunction with the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.

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