Hays Commissioners Court approves eBond services to speed up inmate processing time
Office of Corrections captain Julie Villalpando spoke to Commissioners about how the eBond service will help the ministry. (Courtesy Hays Commissioners Court)
On December 7, the Hays County Commissioners Court approved the use of electronic bonds through Genesis eBonds for county inmates. The Commissioners agreed that this would make the system in place more efficient.
âThe system allows serfs to log in, process a bond online and submit it for approval to the jail without having to go to the jail. The prison can then process all obligations electronically, âsaid Julie Villalpando, captain of the county corrections office.
This will reduce processing times to release detainees, save money on paper and ink, and maximize staff efficiency, she added.
Other Texas counties, such as Bexar, Williamson and Montgomery, are either under contract or in negotiations to use the eBonds.
Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra expressed his appreciation and underlined the importance of this agenda item when discussing the cost of housing an inmate and how eBonds can help.
He said there were 21 “paper ready” inmates, meaning they are now state inmates, and it costs around $ 70 a day to house each inmate. It is $ 1,470 per day that the county pays for these 21 inmates who are technically under the responsibility of the state, he added.
“This, which we just approved to speed up the bail process, is one of those wonderful ships to help people move forward and through faster and move on to whatever end it may be. “said Becerra.