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Scott G. Hall
2015 Mid-Year Breakout Session Summaries: E-Bail: the Devil or the Angel

PBUS
Electronic bail bills have been filed in Florida and passed in Texas, which would allow bail bonds to be filed electronically. Some corporate sureties and software companies are highly supportive of this endeavor, while the independent bail agent is strongly against the concept.

Both corporate sureties and bail agents have a number of reasons for their position. The breakout, E-Bail: the Devil or the Angel, will explore both sides of the issue. A panel of experts comprised from the surety side and the bail agent side will lead the discussion followed by an answer and question session with the audience.

This session will be a very enlightening one for both the agents and companies as we learn who is for and who is against E-Bail and for what reasons.



We are just at a month out from the start of the 2015 Mid-Year meeting in beautiful Colorado Springs, CO. The guaranteed room rate at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort ends on June 18; to make your hotel reservation click here. The early-bird meeting registration rate ends this Friday, June 12 at 5 p.m. EST; to register for the conference click here.

See you in Colorado!
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Hand-held breath analyzer requires tests from offenders wherever they go
Scranton Times-Tribune
To keep people out of prison while also trying to ensure they stay sober, judges in Lackawanna County have for years used an alcohol-monitoring bracelet. However, at more than $11 per day, and often assigned for months, the high-tech piece of jewelry can be expensive. To bring down the cost and give some offenders a little more freedom while giving probation officers more control, the county is trying something new.
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DOJ issues guidelines on the fixing of bail for cybercrime suspects
Inquirer.net
The Department of Justice has announced the issuance of a new circular providing guidelines to prosecutors in specifying bail for those to be charged for violating Republic Act No. 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.
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The new wave of crime prevention: GPS tracking device
The Times
They're designed to keep the public safe and save local law enforcement money. In a time when new technology seems to debut every few months rather than every few years, GPS tracking devices are helping the criminal justice system keep an eye on convicted criminals and even those awaiting trial.
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Authorities search farms, fields for signs of New York escaped killers
CNN
Authorities scoured farms and fields around an upstate New York town, looking for a pair of convicted murderers who escaped from a nearby prison days earlier, local officials said.
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Why 143 bikers are still in jail nearly 3 weeks after deadly shootout
San Angelo Standard-Times
When her husband was arrested after a shootout at a biker club gathering at a Twin Peaks restaurant here May 17, Sheree Clendennen figured security camera video would soon clear him. But 17 days later, of the 177 people arrested in connection with the shooting that killed nine and wounded more than a dozen, 143 remain jailed this week, many on $1 million bond.
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Pretrial services too lenient on repeat offenders, some say
KOAT-TV
Some may wonder how those with long criminal records end up back on the streets. Danan Gabaldon is accused of hitting two officers with his car this week. Court records show that after he was charged with hitting a deputy in an earlier incident, he was released to pretrial services. Instead, he bailed, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
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When bail is out of defendant's reach, other costs mount
The New York Times
Dominick Torrence, who has lived in this city all his life, has a long rap sheet for dealing drugs but no history of violence. So when he was charged with disorderly conduct and rioting on April 28, a night of unrest after Freddie Gray was fatally injured in police custody, he was shocked to learn the amount he would need to make bail: $250,000, the same amount as two of the officers facing charges over Gray's death.
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Man granted new trial in death of officer released on bail
WCVB-TV
A man convicted of killing a Boston police detective in 1993 has been released on bail as he awaits a new trial.
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Court records: Bail bondsman charged with overcharging for services
Argus Leader
A Sioux Falls bail bondsman has been accused of overcharging a man he bonded out of jail. Steven Dean Krier, 54, has been charged with petty theft by deception and second-degree petty theft embezzlement.
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