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Website helps bondsman track down man who jumped bail
StarNews
Slammerpics is a website started by a local bondsman in early 2013 that allows bondsmen and the public to see who has skipped out on repaying their bond. The site features photos of the offenders, as well as their birth dates, last known locations, brief descriptions and the logos and contact information for their bondsmen.
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Conference Update
PBUS
The conference starts in 10 days. Attendance is the highest its been in many years. We are very close to capacity at the New Orleans Experience dinner at the famous Court of Two Sisters restaurant. Online registration closes TOMORROW. The agenda in finalized and on the PBUS website. Click here to see all there is. Don't miss out. See you in New Orleans!
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Change in Tennessee bail law may force defendants to post bond twice
The City Paper
Prior to this past legislative session, Tennessee law required that bail agents stay on the bond they issued until their client was exonerated or sentenced. Now bonding agents are off the hook when the client pleads guilty, regardless of when and how the individual will be sentenced.
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Indiana Supreme Court: Fry v. State
Pretrial Justice Institute
On June 25, the Indiana Supreme Court handed down the case of Fry v. State. It marked the first major decision regarding bail in a number of years. The Indiana Constitution contains the common provision: "Offenses, other than murder or treason, shall be bailable by sufficient sureties. Murder or treason shall not be bailable, when the proof is evident, or the presumption strong."
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New Houston bail bonds business profiled
Houston Herald
Jessica's business grew and moved its operations to a small office, employing Mike to help out. Together, they operate Wehling Bail Bonds. The secret to their success, they explained, was "Our understanding of peoples' situations and our willingness to work with you."
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Bail bond definitions and terminlogy
The Bail Blog
Most people will go their entire lives without being asked to help arrange bail bonds for a friend or family member. But if you have learned that a loved one has been arrested and you have questions about the bail bonds process or the associated terminology, you will want to contact a licensed agent you can trust.
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July 17: National pretrial, probation and probation officers week
American Probation and Parole Association
What do you see in the future? What do those you supervise see? The views may be drastically different! You have the ability to change lives and help give others the ability to create a bright future. The work of pretrial, probation and parole is not easy and it may be hard to stay positive in such a stressful profession, but thousands of you do just that. You know how important your work is to those on your caseloads as well as to your community.
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Former governors: We support Gov. Jerry Brown in inmate-release debate
The Associated Press via Chico Enterprise Record
Three federal judges ordered the release of almost 10,000 inmates in California before the end of 2013, and Gov. Jerry Brown has been vocal in his opposition of that ruling. To further his cause, Brown now has the support of four former governors of California.
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New Michigan prison sentencing guidelines under review
The Detroit News
Michigan lawmakers and Gov. Rick Snyder are considering the first comprehensive prison sentencing reforms since their predecessors got tough on crime 15 years ago. The idea is at least partly driven by a desire to reduce the Corrections Department budget, which exceeds $2 billion.
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Prison closures are price of North Carolina sentencing reform
News & Observer
In North Carolina, one of the deepest cuts in the budget proposals under consideration comes from closing several state prisons — tens of millions of dollars diverted and hundreds of jobs lost. The rationale from budget writers in the House, Senate and governor's office: There are fewer prisoners in the state than there used to be.
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Feds seek lesser sentences for some drug crimes
USA Today
As prison populations swell, the U.S. Department of Justice is seeking sentencing changes that would keep tough penalties for violent and repeat drug offenses, but provide reduced or alternative sentences for less serious offenders.
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Cost-benefit analysis of criminal justice reform
National Institute of Justice
Policymakers, philanthropists and others interested in what works in reforming criminal justice policy and practice are concerned traditionally with whether new approaches have better outcomes than business as usual. But funders at all levels increasingly see themselves as investors and are concerned not only with outcomes but also with costs and benefits.
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