"Dog," Beth Chapman leave CMT to focus on bail reform
Duane "Dog" and Beth Chapman announced Tuesday that they have chosen to end their partnership and leave CMT network with their hit show, "Dog and Beth: On the Hunt," after just three seasons.
Duane "Dog" and Beth Chapman announced Tuesday that they have chosen to end their partnership and leave CMT network with their hit show, "Dog and Beth: On the Hunt," after just three seasons. The move came about as a family decision to allow Beth time and energy to pursue the presidency of the Professional Bail Agents of the United States. PBUS is a national association which represents over 15,000 bail agents across the United States
"Our show has focused on trying to make the industry better and I feel that it is time for us to put our money where our mouth is in regards to protecting our industry," said Beth Chapman. "As we have traveled throughout the country, we have learned that our industry is under attack and our bail agents need strong and experienced leadership to protect the good work they do all across the United States."
The decision comes at a time when bail reform across the country is taking the form of totally removing cash bail systems. A recent lawsuit in California seeks to get rid of the cash bail system by deeming it unconstitutional, and legal actions like this have traditionally gone unchallenged by the industry. That is something Beth Chapman will change as president of PBUS.
"I worked with the California Bail Agents Association to get them on as interveners in the case so that the industry can mount a significant challenge to this incredibly disastrous lawsuit," said Beth Chapman. "The bail industry provides a service to the government and helps ensure the public's safety. Removing the bail system would have a deleterious effect on the criminal justice system. It is imperative that our association, under strong leadership, fight every attempt by these social justice lackeys to remove cash bail when their only goal is to make it easier for the bad guys to get out of jail."
Duane "Dog" Chapman echoed his wife’s sentiments when considering whether or not to continue their show. The Chapmans were in contract negotiations with CMT when the couple, along with their son Leland, decided to suspend the show temporarily to make Beth’s candidacy their priority.
"For over twelve years we have shown on TV the importance of the bail industry in assisting the criminal justice system, and I have preached about how important it is that bail agents and bounty hunters conduct themselves properly," said Duane Chapman. "We made this incredibly tough decision because we feel that without intervention from all of our associations, we will no longer have an industry in which to work. This is not an end to 'Dog the Bounty Hunter,' but if these lawyers have their way, it will be the end of the bail system in the United States and we cannot sit by and let that happen."
The election for president of PBUS will take place in Las Vegas at the end of February, at the organization’s annual conference. The Chapmans have reserved all rights to their show and will resume filming when they feel that the industry is in a position of proactively protecting its interests. Until then, Beth has committed to continuing to work with various state legislatures to make good public policy in regards to the bail systems throughout the United States. She will also monitor and intervene, when necessary, in legal challenges which seek to weaken or destroy the various bail systems.
"For far too long our industry has sat on the sidelines as reforms have made it easier for someone charged with a crime to get out of jail without supervision or accountability," said Beth Chapman. “"hese drastic and damaging reforms require a drastic response and it is time for the sleeping giant, which is the bail industry, to wake up and fight for what has been a constitutional right since our nation was formed."