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Announcing the 2014 PBUS Winter Conference!
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The 2014 PBUS Winter Conference is at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. Plan now to be at this great hotel on the strip with a special entrance to the Miracle Mile shops with 170 stores — shopping for every taste and budget, and great restaurants and entertainment. The conference starts is scheduled for Feb. 24-26. You can get the special PBUS room rate the weekend before to make it a great vacation. Our special room rate is $119 including the resort fee! To reserve your room call Planet Hollywood at 1-866-317-1829 and tell them you are with PBUS. Don't miss the best Winter conference ever, reserve your room early!
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Bail month fact: Commercial bail is the most effective form of release
Expert Bail
The 2004 Helland and Tabarrok study out of the University of Chicago looked at the effectiveness of various forms of release by examining failure to appear rates, fugitive rates and capture rates of felony defendants who fell under each particular form. The results showed that commercial bail was the most effective form of release across the board.
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Bail month fact: ABC responds to three anti-bail publications
Expert Bail
The three publications, which were created last year and launched during Justice Policy Institute's inaugural "Bail Month" were filled with anti-bail propaganda and misinformation on the bail bond industry. In response, The American Bail Coalition published "The War on Public Safety: A Critical Analysis of the Justice Policy Institute's Proposals for Bail Reform."
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California governor wins 30-day extension to cut prison crowding
Los Angeles Times
Three federal judges have given California Gov. Jerry Brown a 30-day extension on their order to reduce prison crowding. This move buys time for confidential talks between lawyers for the state and those representing inmates.
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Oklahoma's aging prisons are a problem as inmate population grows
The Norman Transcript
Oklahoma's population grew by about 23 percent between 1980 and 2010. The state's prison population during the same time, however, saw a 500 percent increase — and continues to grow — the former director of the state prison system has said.
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Life sentences reach record high as crime goes down
The Sentencing Project
The number of prisoners serving life sentences continues to grow, even while serious, violent crime has been declining for the past 20 years. Moreover, little public safety benefit has been demonstrated to correlate with increasingly lengthy sentences.
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The state of New Hampshire's rising prison population
Concord Monitor
Over the past two decades, New Hampshire's population has grown at a modest clip, expanding by just under a fifth since 1990. Its prison population, meanwhile, has more than doubled. To date, there are nearly 2,800 men and women locked inside the state's correctional facilities.
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California county hires consultant for jail overcrowding
The Desert Sun
In California, Riverside County Board of Supervisors have voted unanimously to hire a consultant to find ways to add as many jail beds as possible to the overcrowded system, without breaking the bank. "We need to look at all possible alternatives to build all those jail beds," said Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit.
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Commentary: Signs evident in hindsight, predicting violent behavior tough
The New York Times
In hindsight, it may seem clear that Aaron Alexis, the alleged Washington Navy Yard shooter, posed a threat long before the attack. But most mental health experts say that barring the rare few who declare their intentions, it can be extremely difficult to pick out people who are likely to commit murder.
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