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Message from the President
Scott G. Hall

PBUS
Conference Registration Now Open for the 2016 Winter Conference, Membership Meeting & Expo
Many people are already registering for the upcoming 2016 winter conference at the Luxor Casino and Resort this coming February; the early-bird registration rate ends January 18, 2016! Make your room reservation now using the reservation link at the Luxor or call 800-926-4737! Room rates are as low as $45 a night while they last (plus resort fee and tax). The room block will fill up quickly so make your reservations now!

We are continuing to work on the tentative agenda for the conference. Please check the conference page for up-to-date details. A new offering at the conference will be a CPR/AED certification course taught by Bail Guard, Inc. The class is limited to the first 30 registrants! Students will learn to recognize and identify when someone is in cardiac distress and how to administer CPR as well as how to safely use an AED defibrillator. Certification cards, good for two years, will be issued upon successful completion of the course. You can sign-up for the course when registering for the winter conference.
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Message from the Nominating Committee Chair
Gene Newman

PBUS
Call for Nominations for the 2016 Board of Directors
Nominations for the 2016 Board of Directors must be sent to Gene Newman no later than Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 at 5 p.m. EST in order to be listed on the pre-printed ballots. Newman's email address is bailsouth@aol.com. For complete election information and requirements go to the conference registration page at www.pbus.com.

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New credit rules take effect Oct.1
Are you ready?

By Jeff Kirkpatrick, PBUS Executive Vice President
Credit card liability shift
Next month Credit Card Liability Shift begins. Do you know what it means for you and your bail agency?

What you need to know about EMV
Practically every country in the world has fully transitioned from credit cards with magnetic stripe cards on the back to EMV-enabled credit cards (chip cards) — except for the United States. EMV is named for the three companies that created it: Europay, MasterCard and Visa. EMV is a tiny chip embedded in payment cards that is virtually impossible to counterfeit and offers much stronger security features than most American cards.

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How should bail be set when it comes to murder?
KCEN-TV
Michael Hanley Penix was arrested after shooting his wife multiple times in the head. He was charged with murder. There was no cause to believe self-defense was involved. The average person wouldn't think someone who committed a such a crime should make bail the next day. But Penix did.
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Denver County judges reach tentative agreement in bond lawsuit
The Denver Post
A tentative agreement has been reached in a lawsuit alleging that Denver County judges knowingly violated state laws in setting bond in misdemeanors.
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Judge: Bail reform to require 'extraordinary amount of resources'
NJ.com
The bail reform law going into effect in New Jersey in 2017 will require "an extraordinary amount of resources," including the hiring of additional staff members, the assignment judge for Morris and Sussex counties told the Morris County freeholders.
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Overcrowding, its effects are 'new normal' for Oklahoma County jail
NewsOK.com
Oklahoma County officials and bail bondsmen recently gathered for a court services committee meeting in Oklahoma City to discuss the growing problem of the overcrowded jail.
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Metro seeks federal help to cut back on inmate overcrowding
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Las Vegas police announced Monday the department has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to help curb overcrowding at the Clark County Detention Center. The federal department's Office of Justice Diagnostic Center will work with Metro to gather data and study changes in the Las Vegas Justice Court bail schedule, bail bondsman fee increases and staffing volume, according to a news release. Analysts will then recommend solutions to ease strain on staff and improve the safety.
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Cases resolved for 2 former employees of Reading bail bond agency
Reading Eagle
Two employees of a Reading bail bond agency resolved their cases for their roles in a plan to write more than $2 million worth of fake bonds.
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Escaped fugitive in jail without bond
My Panhandle
Louisiana escapee Christopher Stringer recently appeared before a Bay County judge. Stringer is charged with escaping from a detention center and resisting an officer without violence. He's being held at the Bay County Jail without bond.
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