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Bail bondsmen assist in search for Colorado stabbing suspect
KCNC-TV
Police in Wheat Ridge, Colo., are searching for Marvin Wilson, who is wanted in a double stabbing. Now a group of bail bondsman are assisting in the effort. A female victim knows William Ellenburg, a bail bondsman, through his work. The two hadn't seen each other in a while, but Ellenburg said he is trying to help out, and he’s asking others who work in his field to get involved.
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Conference update: Social media tips for bail bonds businesses
PBUS
At this year's Midyear Meeting, San Gwin's session provided valuable tips on how to leverage social media to enhance your image and impact the community, if you're in bail bonds.

Here are a few of the tips Gwin shared:
  • Create a Facebook page
    • Look for the Facebook pages of judges and "friend" them
    • Have links to social advocate organizations
    • Post relevant legislation and links to legislators
    • Post information on how bail works
    • Post skips
    • Have Facebook contests
    • Introduce your staff
  • Create and use a Twitter account
  • Create a blog and update it regularly

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Bail bond payment system goes digital in Arkansas county
KAIT-TV
Posting bail in Craighead county, Ark., will now be as easy as one swipe of a credit or debit card. Soon detainees will be able to bail themselves out at the Craighead County Detention Center and the Jonesboro Police Department.
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Bail bonds bring peace of mind
Orange County Bail Bonds Blog
It is no less than a calamity when someone is arrested by police and locked up in jail. Whether he is guilty or not is a matter to be decided by court after proper trial. This can take a long time unfortunately. The arrested person has to suffer the humiliation and ignominy of being in jail until the conclusion of the trial, unless he is released on bail.
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Things to look for in a bondsman
The Bail Blog
One key thing to look for in a bondsman is compassion. If you have been notified that a friend or family member has been arrested, this can be one of the most stressful things you will ever experience. Does it seem as if the person you're talking to genuinely cares about your situation?
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California governor proposes $315 million prison overcrowding solution
KERO-TV
Gov. Jerry Brown has responded to a federal court order to significantly reduce California's prison population by proposing a $315 million plan to send inmates to private prisons and to empty county jail cells. The cost could reach $700 million over two years, with much of the money likely to come from a $1 billion reserve fund in the state budget.
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Prisoners on hunger strike could be force-fed under order
Los Angeles Times
California prison officials have obtained a federal court order to allow force feeding and other steps to keep hunger strikers alive, including those who have declared that they do not want such intervention. The state argued in a filing to U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson that there is a "risk that inmates may be or have been coerced into participating in the hunger strike" and signed such declarations against their will.
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President asks US Supreme Court to allow warrantless cellphone searches
The Washington Post
If the police arrest you, do they need a warrant to rifle through your cellphone? Courts have been split on the question, but now President Barack Obama's administration has asked the Supreme Court to rule that the Fourth Amendment allows warrantless cellphone searches.
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Secrecy in California on crime-fighting strategy
San Francisco Chronicle
Not long after Oakland, Calif., police held a news conference to draw attention to Mayor Jean Quan's primary crime-fighting strategy, authorities refused to identify eight men they arrested or say what crimes the suspects are accused of committing.
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International trends in prison privatization
The Sentencing Project
Private prison companies in the U.S. and elsewhere have expanded their reach to operate prisons and immigration detention systems in at least 11 nations on five continents. In Australia, Scotland, England and Wales, and New Zealand at least 11 percent of prisoners are now held in private facilities.
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