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Texas sheriffs: We support the commercial bail bonds industry
PRWeb
Eric Granof, managing director of ExpertBail, said, "The Texas results are even more impressive." When asked how important commercial bail was to the criminal justice system, 100 percent of those that responded stated that bail was important. Ninty percent of those stated that commercial bail was "very important." Granof also noted, "What these survey results do is tell a more accurate story about the bail bond industry."
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Bondsmen, defense lawyers and prosecutors against new Tennessee law
The Tennessean via WBIR-TV
Defense lawyers and prosecutors are calling it a nightmare, while bail bondsmen say the judges of Davidson county in Tennessee are extorting them and usurping the legislature's power — all over a new state law that doesn't even fill a page.
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Bondsman: Don't let your child commit life-damaging acts
Signature Bail Bonds
However innocent you may consider your own children to be, it's a rare child that hasn't committed some petty misdemeanor. Minor theft, trespassing, truanting and petty vandalism are all relatively harmless and common crimes for the minor wanting to look big in front of their friends. Unfortunately, fitting in becomes an even bigger deal once your child hits their teens — so do offenses, as well as the penalties they carry.
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Colorado: New owner of Eagle County Bail Bonds has a familiar face
Vail Daily
Ed Hawkins became the new owner of Eagle County Bail Bonds in January, but he has been involved with the business since the early 1990s when he was first introduced to the bounty hunting business. Of all the areas in which Hawkins does business, he said Colorado's Eagle county has one of the best justice systems.
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What happens when electronic monitoring alarms go unchecked?
The Associated Press via ABC News
Monitoring offenders electronically with ankle bracelets works well in theory, but the system has serious flaws that have nothing to do with the technology itself. Reports are coming in that ankle bracelet alarms are sounding when they should, but law enforcement are not following up on them. This is particularly troublesome given some of these alarms are now linked to crimes.
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What's behind falling incaceration rates?
NPR
It might surprise you to know that the U.S. leads the world in the number of people locked up in jails or prisons. But new statistics show the number of prisoners around the country continues to fall. So what's behind the new trend, and is it here to stay?
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New York: Local jail releases inmates early due to overcrowding
WGRZ-TV
A local New York county jail has become so overcrowded that some prisoners are being given ankle bracelets and are being released early, as their cases come up before a judge. The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office says it has gone over its maximum capacity several times this year. "It's a problem that won't fix itself and by ignoring it, we're going to have increased population," said Joseph Gerace, the county's sheriff.
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Ruling puts release of inmates in California a step closer
Los Angeles Times
In a major setback for California Gov. Jerry Brown, the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to block a court order that he release 9,600 inmates from state prisons, moving California a step closer to relocating or freeing those prisoners by the end of 2013.
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California: Pay-to-stay jail offers more pleasant prison experience
DailyFinance
The city of Fremont, Calif., built a $10.6 million, 58-bed detention center. While the facility doesn't quite qualify as five-star, it's still a lot nicer than the local prisons, where gang affiliations and overcrowding can make a stay harrowing. Under a new program, healthy, nonviolent offenders who don't have a gang affiliation and have not been convicted of a sex crime can stay in one of Fremont's cells for $155 per night, with a one-time $45 fee.
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Study: 8 in 10 released inmates return to Delaware prisons
The News Journal via USA Today
Nearly 80 percent of inmates sentenced to more than a year in prison are arrested again for a serious offense within three years of their release, according to a Delaware study. Conducted by the Delaware Criminal Justice Council, the report was a necessary initial step to evaluating the effectiveness of the state's justice system, including the programs available to prisoners while behind bars or after being freed.
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Restorative Justice Bill introducted in Massachusetts
The Huffington Post
The first victim-offender dialogue in Massachusetts occurred in 2006, when Janet Connors met with two of the men who had murdered her son Joel. Until that point, the state had not allowed victims of crime to meet with those who had caused them harm. For Connors, that day marked the beginning of a transformative and restorative journey toward reconstituting the fragments in the aftermath of Joel's murder.
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