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Scott G. Hall

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Meet PBUS' Youngest Member — Gabe Guillory
Gabe joined PBUS as a member at the 2015 Mid-Year meeting in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Gabe and his dad, Lyle, also a PBUS member, are with United Surety Services, Inc. out of Alexandria, Louisiana.

Welcome Gabe! You are the future of PBUS and the National Voice of the Bail Agent™!
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Meant to keep youths out of detention, probation often leads them there
NPR
Juvenile justice reformers have tried for years to figure out what works to help rehabilitate youth in trouble, and a recent shift away from locking kids up has been at the forefront of reform efforts. One of the most common alternatives to incarceration is to order kids directly into probation, instead of juvenile hall. But the goals of these alternative approaches don't always match the reality — and disproportionately impact youth of color.
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Does the bounty-hunting industry need reform?
The Atlantic
How does the wildly underregulated bounty-hunting industry police itself — and why that isn't changing?
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County mulls GPS option for suspects
Sunbury Daily Item
Rather than having to transport suspects from as far away as York County during off-hours before they are arraigned, defendants may soon have to wear GPS monitoring devices while they wait in their hometowns to appear before a district judge.
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The high cost of letting criminals go
The Wall Street Journal
Why the fate of criminals should matter more than the fate of crime victims is a question that went largely unasked, let alone answered, during the recent bipartisan celebration of President Barack Obama's decision to release dozens of individuals from prison and push for looser sentencing guidelines.
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New York prison worker pleads guilty in escape of 2 killers
CBS News
Joyce Mitchell, the northern New York prison worker accused of smuggling hacksaw blades in frozen hamburger meat to two killers who later broke out and spent more than two weeks on the run, pleaded guilty.
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Marion County debuts new program to track domestic violence suspects
WFTV-TV
The Marion County Sheriff's Office announced a new program Monday to keep track of domestic violence suspects. The new program will use GPS monitoring to make sure domestic violence offenders stay away from their victims.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    1st-degree murder suspect pays no bond, walks free (KOAT-TV)
Obama pushes for reduced prison sentences (Politico)
Woman questions legitimacy of bail bondsmen who searched her house (WDAF-TV)
Judge: Sex offender GPS monitoring lawsuit can proceed (The News Journal)
There's never been a better time for bail reform (The Washington Post)

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Dog the Bounty Hunter says El Chapo 'is out of my league'
New York Daily News
Here's one chase that puts Dog the Bounty hunter's tail between his legs. Reality TV star Duane "Dog" Chapman says he doesn't stand a chance at capturing escaped Mexican drug lord El Chapo, and he doesn't plan on finding out. "He probably would be out of my league," the tough 62-year-old fugitive tracker told FOX411.
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America's system of requiring bail can keep the innocent in prison for months — or years
PRI
When Kenneth Fomby went down to the police station in a town outside Birmingham, Alabama, in March 2006, he thought he just needed to have a quick chat with police to clear his name. He was facing charges of robbery, kidnapping, sodomy and false use of credit card — but he maintained his innocence.
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Why was Sandra Bland still in jail?
Slate Magazine
The reason Sandra Bland was still in jail three days after being arrested was that she hadn’t posted the $5,000 bond that had been set for her by a Waller County, Texas, judge. Posting that bond would have required Bland to come up with $500 — 10 percent of the full sum — in exchange for her freedom. According to a lawyer for the Bland family, they were working on securing the necessary funds when Bland was found dead in her cell on the morning of July 13.
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Fugitive-turned-actor busted after feds see horror-film write-up
New York Post
A fugitive bank-robber-turned-actor has been arrested in Washington state after U.S. agents spotted his picture in a newspaper article about a low-budget horror film in which he plays an evil doctor, an official said.
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Immigrant mothers coerced to wear ankle monitors in Texas
Tribune-Review
Lawyers representing immigrant mothers held in a South Texas detention center say the women have been denied counsel and coerced into accepting ankle monitoring bracelets as a condition of release, even after judges made clear that paying their bonds would suffice.
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