Franklin County Sheriff Asks Bail Bondsmen to Deny Business to Meth Criminals


Sheriff A.J. Smith has made battling meth in Franklin County his mission. 

“[There’s] a lot of meth use, a lot of sales,” he said. 

The Sheriff’s latest effort would make it harder for those arrested for meth possession or usage to get out of jail. 

“They’re still entitled to the bond. The judge will still set the bond. They’ve just made a business decision to not write the bond,” he said.

He’s asking bondsmen to deny business to meth users and sellers in jail. Criminals would be left alone to find their own bond funds. 

“The good thing about the bail industry is we can hold people accountable for their actions,” Mike Harrison, Harrison Bail Bonds owner, said.

Harrison told News 13’s sister station WTXL in Tallahassee that he’ll help solve the problem. 

“Keeping them where they are for the time being to help get treatment,” he said.

Steve James owns Second Chance Bail bonds and bails out many of Franklin county’s criminals. 

His step daughter Shaylee found meth in a parking lot last week. 

“I honestly didn’t know what it was, but I knew it was a drug that could have hurt a toddler, anybody,” Shaylee said.

James came to the meeting Monday because his perspective has changed.

“I’m not just going to bond every person out who gets arrested for meth, no I’m not going to do that,” he said.

However, he’s not going to deny every meth user arrested. 

“There’s some circumstances, you know. I mean if I personally know that person and they go to court, I might give him a chance. If that person is sitting in there for a while, I might give them a chance,” James said.

News 13 reached out to a few of the other, smaller bondsmen but all declined interviews or requests for statements. 

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