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Message from the President
Scott G. Hall

2014 Mid-Year Meeting in Nashville!

I am happy to say that our goal is to have the conference module for the 2014 mid-year meeting up and running by this weekend! It has been a very time consuming process to get all of our data transferred to our new association management system – Your Membership – as well as getting our conference module completed.

The conference registration module will look very different from our past module but should be easy to navigate none the same. Please be patient during the registration process and know that we will continue to fine-tune the system as needed. Over the next several days, we will be putting conference content on our new module to include the registration form and tentative agenda.

If you haven’t already done so, please make your hotel reservation as soon as possible, as our room block is filling very quickly. The Group Code is PBA.

Again, I want to thank our committee chairs for their hard work and diligence in bringing quality sessions and events to this year’s mid-year conference!

Gene Newman – Education Committee Chair
Fred Anschultz – Conference Committee Chair
Beth Chapman – Entertainment Committee Chair

We could not do this without them! Looking forward to seeing all of you in July!
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PCS Bail Bonds reacts to Texas Attorney General's assertion that arming school employees doesn't violate state laws
PRWeb via InsuranceNewsNet
"In the aftermath of the school shootings over the last decade or so, everyone is looking for the best ways to protect children from ever having to endure such heartless crimes," says Paul Schuder, owner of PCS Bail Bonds. "In particular, the Sandy Hook Elementary School incident in 2012 really sent a collective chill through the spines of all Americans dreading that something like that could ever happen to their child."
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New 'Uniform Schedule of Bail' effective in Kentucky, July 1
Supreme Court of Kentucky
Effective July 1, the Kentucky Supreme Court will institute a new statutorily-authorized Uniform Schedule of Bail in order to provide Kentucky's counties with differing options to reduce bail and jail costs statewide. The final version of the Uniform Schedule of bail can be found here.
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What happens when people fail to appear — Maryland courts burdened
Capital News Service via Annapolis Patch
In more than 41,000 cases, criminal defendants failed to show up for court statewide in 2013, according to Maryland District Court records. Missed court dates were for charges ranging from petty crimes to more serious offenses.
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3 in 4 former prisoners in 30 states arrested within 5 years of release
Bureau of Justice Statistics
An estimated two-thirds — 68 percent — of 405,000 prisoners released in 30 states in 2005 were arrested for a new crime within three years of release from prison, and three-quarters — 77 percent — were arrested within five years, the Bureau of Justice Statistics has announced.
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Justice Department gearing up for massive Obama clemency push
The Huffington Post
The Justice Department has dramatically expanded the criteria for federal inmates eligible for presidential clemency and is preparing to receive thousands of applications from prisoners caught up in the war on drugs. Deputy Attorney General James Cole unveiled the new criteria recently at a press conference at the Department of Justice headquarters.
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Going to jail? You might be asked to pay rent...
The Bail Blog
At least one Utah jail has been ordered to stop charging inmates rent, but others throughout the state will continue the process. The controversy surrounds the legal pay-for-stay programs. Under the program, several of the state's jails charge inmates rent for each day they spend behind bars.
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California lawmakers want more data on prison realignment
The Sacramento Bee
Since state lawmakers in California approved a law in 2011 making counties responsible for lower-level offenders, supporters and critics have offered many opinions as to whether or not the law is working. Gov. Jerry Brown, for instance, recently reported that it is.
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Bill banning jail time for not paying fines gets final approval
The Denver Post
H.B. 1061 would require that judges determine if a person is able to pay court fines for violations that don't amount to jail time on their own — such as traffic infractions or violations of pet licensing laws. If someone is determined to be indigent, judges are not allowed to impose jail sentences for failure to pay but can arrange for alternative sentencing or payment plans.
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Supreme Court says anonymous tip is enough for police to make stop
San Francisco Chronicle
In a case from northern California, a divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled on April 22 that police can pull a driver over based on an anonymous tip that he had forced another motorist off the road — evidence, the court said, that he might be drunk and dangerous.
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