Criminal Justice: Unbounded Bondsmen

"A flagrant violation of Pennsylvania sovereignty," charged Governor William Scranton. "A throwback to the days of the bounty hunters," cried Pennsylvania's Republican Representative Richard S. Schweiker. What caused all the outrage last week was the case of a slim, 19-year-old Negro boy who had been seized at his home in a Philadelphia suburb by two Alabama bondsmen and carted off to Mobile.

Tyrone Collins had been indicted last May in Mobile for assault with intent to kill for his part in a rumble with boys from a rival school. Freed on $500 bail, Collins later moved with...

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