Agenda Item   



                                                                                                                        ASR Control  13-000793




legal entity taking action:

Board of Supervisors

board of supervisors district(s):

All Districts

SUBMITTING Agency/Department:

Sheriff-Coroner   (Approved)

Department contact person(s):

Lee Trujillo (714) 647-1839 



Sheryl Dubsky (714) 647-6000



Subject:  Renew Contract for Bail Bond Advertising Signboards in Jails


      ceo Concur

County Counsel Review

Clerk of the Board


Approved Agreement to Form

Consent Calendar



3 Votes Board Majority




    Budgeted: Yes

Current Year Cost: N/A

Annual Cost: N/A




    Staffing Impact: No

# of Positions:

Sole Source: No

    Current Fiscal Year Revenue: $152,000

    Funding Source: Advertising Revenue: 100%


    Prior Board Action: 11/24/09 #18, 06/29/10 #3




Authorize the County Purchasing Agent or his authorized Deputy to execute Amendment Three to Contract MA-060-13012028 with Partners for a Safer America for provision of revenue-producing bail bond advertising in County jail facilities, renewing the contract for one year, commencing on 7/1/13 through 6/30/14.






The Sheriff-Coroner requests renewal of the contract with Partners for a Safer America for provision of revenue-producing bail bond advertising in County jail facilities pursuant to Ordinance 09-007, for a one year period.





Government Code Section 26109 provides for the sale of advertising space on county property.  Many jails and detention facilities in California provide inmates with access to bail agent information as a public service and generate revenue by selling advertising space within county jails to bail bond agents and criminal defense attorneys.   Most counties that sell advertising space do so through contracts with neutral third parties who provide informational signboards within jail facilities, upon which advertisements and information regarding bail agents and criminal defense attorneys are posted.  Use of these private entities reduces the counties' exposure to potential liability.  The signboards are placed in the jail facilities at no cost to the counties, and the counties receive revenue either through a percentage of the advertising sales or through fees paid by the third party vendor.


In November 2009 the Board of Supervisors adopted Ordinance 09-007, which added Section 1-2-126 to the Codified Ordinances of the County of Orange regarding bail bond agent and criminal defense attorney signboards in County jails.  This ordinance allows the sale of advertising space in Orange County jails to bail bond agents and criminal defense attorneys through agreements with private third party providers of such services.  While the ordinance provides an equitable means for bail bond agents and criminal defense attorneys to advertise their services and promotes a more efficiently run criminal justice system, it also provides the opportunity to generate revenue for the County.  Other benefits to the County result from the posting of bail bond information early in the booking process, the most significant of which is the potential reduction in the jail population.  By providing arrestees with this information early in the process, they could potentially bail out more quickly.  Inmates' rights are better protected if information regarding bail bond services is readily available to inmates. 


In 2010, following a Request for Proposal process to select a third party provider of these services, the Board approved a contract with the non-profit Partners for a Safer America.  The signboards are provided by the contractor at no cost to the County, and the Sheriff's Department posts the signboards within the jail facilities with the discretion to determine the location of the signboards.  Pursuant to the contract, for the first year of the contract the contractor paid the County 70% of the monthly gross revenue generated by advertising fees, and the County received $134,850 in revenue.  The County's share increased to 75% the second year and the County received $151,450 in revenue.  The County's share increases to 80% for the third through fifth years of the contract. 


Amendments One and Two, approved administratively by the Purchasing Agent, renewed the contract for Years Two and Three.  Proposed Amendment Three will renew the contract for Year Four.







There is no cost to the County resulting from this contract.  It is estimated that $152,000 per year in revenue will be received on an ongoing basis.









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