NJ takes aim at illegal bounty hunters

August 24, 2008 9:56:08 AM PDT
New Jersey is starting to crack down on bounty hunters who sometimes act like they're in the Wild West.A 2006 state law that's now taking effect requires bounty hunters to be at least 25 years old and have at least five years' experience in law enforcement or as a private investigator.

New Jersey also will offer a 16-hour training course in November.

State police say some bounty-hunting schools hand out badges and certification that have no legal standing. They say one school instructed students to pepper-spray anyone who answers the door at the home of a person being sought.

In a 2005 case, two bounty hunters handcuffed a Rutherford woman and drove her 35 miles before she convinced them she was the wrong person.

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