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Happy Fourth of July from the PBUS Board of Directors
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Independence Day celebrates the birth of our nation and political freedom. The American flag is the symbol of the Fourth of July and it is the core of our PBUS logo. We want you to celebrate the many positive aspects of the United States on this special day with your family and friends. Listen to marches from John Phillip Souza, enjoy barbeques, the beach, mountains, countryside, neighborhood activities and, of course, fireworks. Celebrate what we all protect as bail agents — a free country.

Be safe this this Fourth of July.
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PBUS Conference Update
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A Very Special For Women Only Luncheon
Join us for a delightful two hours of friendship, social networking and a delectable luncheon on Tuesday, July 30th at the “For Women Only” luncheon in New Orleans. Our feature speaker will be one of our own, Lawanna Barron, Mary and the late Claydon Barron’s daughter. Lawanna grew up in the bail industry. She has a BA from Valdosta State College and a Masters from the University of Georgia. Lawanna will be sharing with us her private journey with breast cancer. Please do not miss this luncheon.

Donate Your Special Items for This Special Event
We are interested in any and all items you would like to donate for the “For Women Only” Raffle, please be sure to bring the donation with you. Your donations can be given to Pam Dawson/Chair/For Women Only or anyone at the PBUS Registration Desk. Money from the raffle goes towards alleviating the costs enabling us to continue the For Women Only luncheons. Be creative! Any and all donations are welcome.

And, please join us, as this luncheon will be one of the best ever!

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Bounty Hunter: Against the Wisconsin bail bonds provision
Bounty Hunter for Hire
Wisconsin crime victims don't have lobbyists. They don't have enough money to write checks to legislators or sponsor all-expenses-paid junkets to five-star resorts. As a consequence, they can't count on having out-of-state special-interest legislation inserted into a budget bill in the dark of the night and passed even though seemingly no one in Wisconsin supports it and nearly all who know about it oppose it.
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Wisconsin: Bail bonds provision vetoed
Beloit Daily News
The bail bonds provision was added to the budget by the Joint Committee on Finance. The budget provision would have allow those accused of crimes to post bail through commercial bondsmen and let bounty hunters track down those who don’t show up for court.
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The consequences of skipping out on bail bonds
The Bail Blog
If you have been asked to help arrange bail bonds for a friend or loved one there are two important things you will want to keep in mind. When you cosign for this person you are not just taking responsibility for payment of the bond, you are also assuring the defendant will go to court.
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The world’s most famous bounty hunters are back! Dog and Beth Chapman, joined by their son Leland, unite with bail bondsmen from around the country as they hunt for America’s most dangerous criminals. Catch an all new episode of Dog and Beth: On the Hunt, Sunday at 8/7c on CMT.
 


Study: Florida's Orange County needs revamped electronic monitoring
Orlando Sentinel
The suspended Orange County home-confinement program should be revived with better training and technology for those running it, and stricter tracking and screening of those who can take part in it, a new report says.
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Measuring justice in the US criminal justice system
The Crime Report
How should chronic problems in a U.S. criminal justice system that costs $212 billion a year and employs 2.4 million people be identified — and fixed? One place to look is the courts, and that is the challenge for Measures for Justice. Measures for Justice was started in 2011 by journalist and law professor Amy Bach.
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Record high overcrowding in Colorado jail
KJCT-TV
Too many inmates; it's a potential problem at the Mesa County Jail in Colorado where the sheriff says numbers are at a historic high. At one point, the jail was so crowded, there were 49 inmates sleeping on mattresses in the hallways in the booking wing.
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HR 1695: The Justice Safety Valve Act of 2013
Families Against Mandatory Minimums Foundation
If passed, the Justice Safety Valve Act would allow judges to sentence federal offenders below the mandatory minimum sentence whenever that minimum term does not protect the public or fulfill the goals of punishment and other sentencing criteria.
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California: Grand Jury probes jail overcrowding, realignment
Chico Enterprise-Record
In two separate sections, the panel evaluated the Butte County Jail in California and how prison realignment under Assembly Bill 109 has exacerbated overcrowding at the facility. The long-term housing of nonviolent felons in the jail has also led to sometimes excessive waits for medical and dental care.
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Commentary: Mass incarceration's tragic success
The Washington Post
As crime rates increased in the 1960s and ’70s, the prototypical liberal response — the amelioration of the social conditions thought to generate crime — seemed ineffective and woolly-headed. "Law and order" campaigns became the norm in both parties, accompanied by policies, including mandatory minimum sentences aimed at incapacitating the criminal class.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Police: New Jersey man assaulted bounty hunter (Asbury Park Press)
Evaluating correctional programs (Edward J. Latessa, Ph.D. via UNAFEI)
Oklahoma: Inmate overcrowding trickles down to county jails (Tulsa World)
Federal judges order California to free 9,600 inmates (Los Angeles Times)
Delaware consider revised bail bill, 90-day hold for felonies (The News Journal)
California leads nation in fewer incarcerated juveniles (The Associated Press via KCAL-TV)

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