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Message from the President
Scott G. Hall

PBUS
AN IMPORTANT UPDATE ON THE 2015 MID-YEAR MEETING
The early-bird registration rate for the upcoming 2015 Mid-Year meeting in Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been opened up again and extended through July 11, 2015!

We know that the room rates at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort have gone up so we wanted to offer some level of savings for those of you who had not yet had the chance to register for the upcoming meeting. By extending the original early-bird rate, meeting attendees can save over $100 dollars off of the registration fee! We hope this savings will encourage you to attend the 2015 Mid-Year meeting.

We have also extended online registration to July 11, 2015 until 5:00 p.m. EST. The registration fee will increase for on-site registration beginning Sunday, July 12, 2015 so don't miss the savings now! All conference details can be found on our conference page at www.pbus.com. We look forward to seeing you in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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Judges violate order by using GPS monitoring
WFTV-TV
Four Orange County judges were discovered to be using GPS monitoring after the county suspended the program. Debrand Blair, who was accused of shooting an 11-year-old girl, was released on a GPS monitor. Two months later, Blair was killed in a separate shooting. "We don't want that happening around here and our families don't want that. We don't need that," a resident said of the shootings.
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Bail bond, ankle monitor companies see bonanza from biker arrests
Waco Tribune-Herald
The May 17 war zone around Twin Peaks cost lives, liberties and livelihoods, but local companies monitoring GPS ankle bracelets and writing bail bonds have enjoyed a virtual biker bonanza in recent months.
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The Carlos Files: On bail bonds, bounty hunters and American justice
OZY
Bounty hunters are neither police nor thugs. Instead, they are the enforcers for bond agents if a defendant skips his or her court date. But times are changing for those in the bounty hunting profession because cash bail may be on its way out. OZY’s Meghan Walsh reported on the story in Mesa County, Colorado, following 31-year-old Tushina Crum and her junior partner, Ileana Zamudio, who are seeing a slowdown in their business.
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Suspected accomplice in prison break bailed out of jail
KXTV-TV
Gene Palmer is free on bail, following his arraignment in Plattsburgh City Court. Palmer waived his right to a preliminary hearing and requested the case be transferred to county court. The case will now be presented to a grand jury.
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Fake bounty hunting operation exposed by former team member
WXIN-TV
Hobert Estep was shot in the foot while working for a fake bounty hunting "company" in Indianapolis. Estep says he was homeless and without a job when Alvino Jones presented him with the opportunity of becoming a bounty hunter.
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Acquitted bail bondsman files claims seeking damages
Modesto Bee
A bail bondsman who was acquitted of fraud and kidnapping for extortion has filed a claim with Stanislaus County and the cities of Modesto and Ceres seeking tens of thousands of dollars in damages. He claimed law enforcement agencies violated his civil rights.
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New York City is creating a bail fund to help people get out of jail
VICE
Whether it's paying your rent or feeding yourself, life in modern New York is expensive, and that includes dealing with the criminal justice system. In 2013, almost 16,000 New Yorkers were unable to make bail set at $2,000 and less for low-level offenses, landing many of them in the halls of Rikers Island or the city's other detention complexes. According to city council data, over 6,000 people couldn't pay bail ranging from $500 to as low as $20.
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