VIDEO – “I like the hunting side”: “Seven to Eight” in immersion with the bounty hunters of Arizona

WANTED – In Arizona, bounty hunters bring suspected offenders who fail to appear to trial to justice. These court officers themselves sometimes break the law to achieve their ends. “Seven to Eight” followed several of them.

They practice a manhunt, and don’t even hide it. “I like the hunting side”, explains Korey, a civilian barber, in the “Seven to Eight” video at the top of this article. “When I was younger, I hunted animals”, he explains with an indecipherable smile, “but that’s a lot more fun”.

All the info on

In the United States, bounty hunters are in fact mandated by lending agencies, which have advanced the amount of their release on bail to those charged, pending trial. If an accused escapes, these surety agencies (“bail bonds” in English), have thirty days to get their hands on it, otherwise they would have to pay the deposit themselves. The “hunters” met in the Arizona report of “Seven to Eight” cash “bounties” when they manage to stop the fugitives, in the order of a hundred euros for each.

We’re still in a gray area– Kenny, Phoenix Bounty Hunter

They are apparently ordinary people, who when doing this job full time earn around 3,500 euros per month. In Arizona, you only need to be 18 years old, a license to carry a gun, and a clean criminal record. Kenny and Jennifer lead a seemingly peaceful existence with their two children in a suburban Phoenix neighborhood, if one excludes the arsenal they store at home.

See Also:  Twenty-two people trapped in a merry-go-round in Arizona

But in the evening, Kenny and Jennifer drop off their children with their grandparents, and set off together for a night of stalking. Knocks at the door, assault weapons in hand, intimidation of relatives of fugitives, searches without warrants, bluffing … The fugitives are generally arrested, and their relatives are terrified by these violent intrusions. In theory, these methods are illegal. But Kenny justifies this practice: “We are still in a gray area”, he believes, “In 90% of cases, we catch a liar with a lie. If they are not honest with us, we have to pretend to achieve our ends”.

Read also

  • United States: Joe Biden wants immediate reform of gun sales
  • The profession of bounty hunter in the United States

Critics abound in the United States against the bail agency system, which thrives on the poverty of most offenders, who have no money to pay their bail – but only four states have actually banned it. . Kenny and his team made up for themselves, like Nick – a bricklayer in civilian life – who is certain that if he did not “not this job, someone else would”. “This system is not I who created it “, he pleads, “and I don’t agree with the way some take advantage of people who are in difficult situations (…), but it’s a job, and I do it well”.

On the same subject

The most read articles

LIVE – Covid-19: Jean-François Delfraissy predicts “not easy weeks around Christmas” at the hospital

See Also:  Forecast, date, time, streaming and TV channel to see Week 17 of the NFL


Polar descent: winter sets in on Monday, snow expected in the middle of the week


Disappearance of Delphine Jubillar: the request for release of her husband Cédric rejected


Guadeloupe: Emmanuel Macron considers the situation “explosive” and calls for “not to give in to lies”


Covid-19: the Vaccine Strategy Orientation Council paves the way for the 3rd dose for all adults


Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.

Logo LCI
defends the ambition of information
verified and accessible to all thanks to the income of the
advertising .

To help us maintain this free service you can “change your choice” and accept all cookies.


Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.