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PBUS 2013 Winter Conference: Special sessions you can't miss
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Here are two special sessions you won't want to miss at the PBUS 2013 Winter Conference, Membership Meeting and Expo, scheduled for Feb. 25-27 in Las Vegas:
  • "Pretrial Release Campaign" with Dennis Bartlett. This has been moved to 9:30-11 a.m. Feb. 25.
  • "The How's And What's to Tell Your Community About Bail." PBUS has added a session to help you talk about bail in your community, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Feb. 27.
The discounted rate at The Mirage ENDS Jan. 31. Click here or call 800-374-9000 to reserve your room NOW.

PBUS early-bird registration ENDS Jan. 31. Click here to register and save your $100.

Women make up staff of Jacksonville, NC, bail agency
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If your bail agent has pink handcuffs, then chances are she's a Bond Chick. Now with two locations, one on Court Street in Jacksonville and the other on Cedar Street in Beaufort, the all-women bond agency, Bond Chix Bail Bonds, plans on continued growth in North Carolina as the bond agency with sassy attitudes, compassion for their clientele and the aforementioned pink handcuffs. More

Maryland councilman aims to limit bail bonds signage
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Towson, Md., City Councilman David Marks is introducing legislation to impose restrictions on signage outside bail bonds businesses, which community members call inappropriate. The legislation would involve limiting each of the bail bonds businesses to one 6-square-feet sign with no illumination. The trouble started when Double D Bail Bonds, located at 11 E. Chesapeake Ave. — across from the Towson branch of the Baltimore County Public Library — opened in late 2011 with a sign featuring a busty woman in handcuffs and jail stripes with generous cleavage. More

Experts: Families, friends to be blamed for recidivism cases
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Lack of support from family and friends leads more than half of Illinois parolees to violate parole and return to jail. "It is very rare for someone to get out of prison and not to make future mistakes," said John Maki, executive director of the John Howard Association, a nonprofit prison reform organization. More

IRS chases tax frauds operating in prisons
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The IRS detected more than 173,000 fraudulent tax returns from prison inmates last year, many of them using stolen identities and other false information in an attempt to get tax refunds. That's more than twice the number of fraudulent returns detected from inmates in 2010, according to a report released by the Treasury Department's inspector general for tax administration. In all, the IRS says it stopped inmates from illegally claiming $2.5 billion in tax refunds in the 2012 budget year. Remarkably, about $1.1 billion was claimed by just two inmates. The report credits the IRS and prison officials with stepping up enforcement and sharing more information, but it says more can be done to stop tax fraud among inmates. More

Report: FBI, Bureau of Prisons do not do reference checks for law enforcement applicants
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The Department of Justice, which hires about 10,000 new employees a year, generally does not check the references provided by job applicants, even when they are applying for jobs in law enforcement or corrections, according to a new report from the DOJ Inspector General Office. Perhaps most surprising is that the FBI and the federal Bureau of Prisons — the two agencies with the most gun-toting employees — conduct no reference checks for their armed personnel. Although no government mandate to check references exists, the Office of Personnel Management and the Merit Systems Protection Board encourage federal agencies to do so for every applicant as a way to verify the information provided, predict job success and obtain information about their professional reputation and accomplishments. More

The next steps in studying crime
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Until this year, the National Institute of Justice, which oversees federal research on crime and justice issues, was headed by John H. Laub of the University of Maryland, a former president of the American Society of Criminology. Laub's appointment, in 2009, by President Barack Obama, represented the first time in its nearly 40-year history that the NIJ was run by an academic criminologist. This month, Laub left NIJ to return to teaching at Maryland, making him the second major justice agency head to depart as the Obama administration begins a second term. James Lynch recently left his post as director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics. In a recent Q&A with The Crime Report, Lynch discussed the challenge of working under sharply diminished federal budgets. More


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