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2015 Winter Conference module now live
Message from the President
Scott G. Hall

The conference module is now live for the 2015 Winter Conference, Membership Meeting and Expo at the Luxor in Las Vegas Feb. 22-25!

Go to the PBUS home page and click on the "Register" button to register for the conference. Members: Remember to sign-in first to get your member conference discount rate. The early-bird registration date ends Jan. 10, 2015, so don't forget to mark your calendars now so you don't miss out on conference registration savings!

RESERVE YOUR ROOM NOW!
Rooms at the Luxor are filling up fast! This conference has the lowest room rates ever at $45 per night (plus $20 resort fee and 12 percent tax) on Feb. 18-19 and Feb. 22-26; Friday night rate is $99 and Saturday night rate is $119. Get these fabulous rates WHILE THEY LAST! Click here or call 800-926-4737 (processing fee may apply if reserving by phone) to make a reservation. Special suite rates also available on a first-come, first-serve basis; when making your reservation look for "room options" to see what suites are available and the rate. Please note that suites may be in both the West and East Towers.

Please visit the PBUS conference page for more information about the winter conference.

See you in Las Vegas!
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Can wearable technology prevent murders?
Fast Company
Each GPS program works a little differently. Before trials, some defendants will be monitored on ankle or wrist bracelets 24 hours a day. This is called active monitoring and requires that local police departments dedicate time to watching the data as it comes in — though the work can also be outsourced to GPS companies. Some use passive monitoring in which the defendant uploads his data at the end of the day himself. Other variations set up hot zones, or areas that the defendant isn't allowed to breach. If he does, alerts are sent to pagers given to victims, which in most cases means victims' location data is being tracked, too. But this technology has a critical flaw: Someone has to be monitoring the trackers.
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Overcrowded detention center seeks alternative solutions
KTVM-TV
Too many inmates and not enough beds — that's a common problem at the Missoula County Detention Facility in Montana. Now county commissioners and jail administrators are taking steps to solve the problem. Reporters from KTVM-TV went to the facility and talked to the man in charge, Jason Kowalski. He said the facility is overpopulated and he's overwhelmed.
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Bail bondsman charged with forgery, fraud; bail set at $1 million
WFMZ-TV
Authorities in Berks County, Pennsylvania, have opened an investigation after a bail bondsman allegedly tried to pass off a counterfeit bail bond in Bucks County. Dean Gurney was arrested by Bensalem Township police. Gurney, a licensed agent with Ace Bail Bonds in downtown Reading, was charged with forgery, access device fraud/counterfeit, bad checks and securing execution of documents by deception. Authorities said Gurney's actions almost put an accused drug dealer back on the streets when he tried to pass off a counterfeit bail bond at Bucks County District Court.
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Inside the dangerous underground world of bounty hunters and bail bondsmen
Business Insider
Several years ago, Italian photographer Clara Vannucci was hanging out in a bar in Tribeca, New York, when she met a burly, Greek man name Bobby Zouvelos. The two struck up a conversation and Vannucci, who had recently photographed inside the notorious Riker's Island jail, explained to Zouvelos what she had seen. Zouvelos mentioned that he and his brother worked at jails too; he was a bail bondsman. Intrigued by the concept — Italy doesn't have bail bondsmen — Vannucci asked the man to introduce her to his world, a rarely discussed underworld of bail bondsmen, defendants and bounty hunters.
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Montana bail bonds business appealing judge's dismissal of case against Park County
Bozeman Daily Chronicle
A Belgrade bail bonds business is appealing a judge's decision to dismiss its federal lawsuit against Park County and the county's justice of the peace. Valley Bail Bonds recently filed notice that it is appealing the September order from U.S. District Judge Susan Watters that dismissed the company's lawsuit.
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California city imposes 45-day ban on new bail bond companies
The Desert Sun
Bail bond businesses looking to settle in Indio, California's downtown district will be turned down, at least until city officials determine where these businesses best fit in the growing city. Indio city leaders recently approved an urgency moratorium that will ban new bail bondsmen from setting up near the jail or courthouse.
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Immigrant detention center in New Mexico criticized as 'deportation mill'
The Huffington Post
Trailers have been set up for a school at a federal immigration detention center in an isolated New Mexico desert town. A basketball court and a soccer field have been installed. And detainees are pleading their cases over a video link with judges in Denver. Over the first few weeks, the only access to legal counsel detainees had were a video presentation about the rights of detainees. ICE is now allowing lawyers to meet with the detainees and allows them to bring in their cellphones and computers, which was forbidden. Civil rights advocates are suing the government, complaining that a lack of access to legal representation has turned the center into a "deportation mill," where bail is set impossibly.
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Man in jail on no bail after allegedly stealing from bail bondsman
The Daily Commercial
A Eustis, Florida, man, arrested on grand theft charges, may not want to use a certain bail bond business to get out of the Lake County jail. Michael James McCoy Jr. was arrested at Ellrodt Bail Bonds in downtown Tavares shortly after he allegedly stole a $300 bowling ring from the business.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    Alabama bondsman Rickey Stokes found guilty of chaining 2 men to courthouse doors (The Huntsville Times)
Research on alternate forms of bail (New York Law Journal)
Pizza driver's murder illustrates problems and limits of electronic monitoring system (The Times-Picayune)
Kansas sheriff warns of bail bond phone scam (Lawrence Journal World)
Lawyers say high bonds for protesters are unusual and unlawful (The St. Louis American)

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