Last month a Granite City woman posted bond for a relative who had been pulled over by Madison police and ticketed for driving on a suspended license. A judge had set the man's bail at $7,000, which required him to come up with 10 percent, or $700.
Under a system that was initiated in May by the Madison County Circuit Clerk's Office, the woman was able to post the bond using her credit card.
"It's just another avenue for posting bond rather than cash, which is difficult for some people," said Troy Police Chief Robert Rizzi.
Between six and 10 people have taken advantage of the opportunity in Troy, Rizzi says. "It seems to be working relatively well," he said. "When we first began using it we had some things to work out, but we've had no issues with it."
Madison County officials rolled out the idea at a meeting of area police chiefs in March.
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