Wis. AG opposes bounty hunter budget plan

CREATED Jun 24, 2013

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says he doesn't support a plan his fellow Republicans tacked onto the state budget that would allow bounty hunters to go after bail jumpers.

Republicans on the Legislature's finance committee added language to Gov. Scott Walker's executive budget during a late-night session earlier this month that would allow judges in Dane, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Racine and Waukesha to let defendants hire bail bond agencies.

The agencies could send bounty hunters after them if they don't show up in court.

The system would expand statewide in five years.

Van Hollen told The Associated Press on Monday he has been opposed to bail bondsmen for some time. He says no one has explained why the current court system needs to be changed.