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Dog the Bounty Hunter wants bounty hunters regulated

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Duane “Dog” Chapman believes that Hawaii needs to regulate their bounty hunters according to West Hawaii Today. Apparently, anyone can be a bounty hunter in Hawaii. Even if you are a felon, you can bounty hunt. However, Dog wants to change that so bounty hunters have to go through a mandatory licensing and training. Right now, according to the 1972 U.S. Supreme court case Taylor vs. Taintor, bounty hunters have more leniency than police officers in apprehending their man. When bounty hunters want to search a property, they can so without a warrant. They don’t even have to tell the people that they are bounty hunters. They can use any reasonable force to capture their man as long as it does not endanger the public.

According to Dog, many felons want to turn their lives around. They believe they can do what Dog has done and become a bounty hunter. Dog makes no secret that he was a felon, but he wanted to make a difference and he tries to stay within the law.

Dog said, "There’s really no training right now in Hawaii; there’s no laws about that. And Beth and I and a few other bondsmen are trying to get to the Legislature and introduce some legislation. In most states, you have to be a licensed bail bondsman to bounty hunt. If you've been convicted of a felony, you have to have 10 years from the date of conviction and/or from the date of discharge from parole or probation before you can even apply.

Dog believes that if there are no regulations for bounty hunters, they will often allow the fugitive to pay them off so they can be free. He maintains that you have to draw the line between friendship and business.

Gordon Ito, Hawaii Insurance Commissioner said that regulating bounty hunters is not what his office does. “The whole tie-in with bail bondsmen is because they sell surety insurance,” he said. “We don’t generally regulate agents or entities that are not insurance related, and there are other agencies that might be the more appropriate agencies to regulate bounty hunters.

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