Bob Burton, of the Santa Barbara-based U.S. Coalition of Bail Recovery Agents, estimates that, bounty hunters make upwards of 30,000 arrests a year nationwide.
said bounty hunting is, by definition, a "maverick industry," made up of adrenaline junkies drawn to the thrill of the hunt.
Even so, Burton
said, bounty hunters make few false arrests and studies have shown they are very effective - the vast majority of fugitives pursued by bounty hunters are recaptured.
"If we were really messing up," he
said, "the bonding industry would have been bankrupt from lawsuits."