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Hundreds in bail bonds industry attend Winter Conference
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Eric Granof stood next to the plain red, white and blue sign that read, "Proud to be a bail agent." Just above him, the printed words, "Welcome to the 2013 PBUS Winter Conference, Membership Meeting & Expo" helped the 300 or so attendees know they were in the right place. Highlights of the convention included education on government-funded pre-trial release programs, which are threatening the bond business because defendants can be released with no bail and on their own recognizance.
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Paroled California sex offenders disarming tracking devices
Los Angeles Times
Thousands of paroled child molesters, rapists and other high-risk sex offenders in California are removing or disarming their court-ordered GPS tracking devices — and some have been charged with new crimes including sexual battery, kidnapping and attempted manslaughter. The offenders have discovered that they can disable the monitors, often with little risk of serving time for it, a Times investigation has found. The jails are too full to hold them.
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Infographic: Will more prisons make the world safer?
World Maps Online
The researchers at have put together a comprehensive research document with facts and stats from various parts of the world. The infographic explores the history of prisons and prison populations in different countries. Combining maps and stats, the infographic is a perfect research data pool.
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Genetic sleuthing: How to catch the right identical twin criminal
The police in Marseille, France, are struggling to solve a sexual assault case. They have solid video evidence and even have matched DNA from the crime scene with two suspects but they still can't figure it out. See, the problem is that the suspects are identical twins. Identical twins look pretty similar so unless the police get lucky like they did in Boston, video evidence usually can't be used to tell them apart. And identical twins share the same DNA so conventional DNA tests can't be used, either. The police are in a real pickle. Except that they don't have to be. As the police are aware, there are fewer conventional tests that can find the few differences between the DNA of identical twins.
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Company that runs prisons will have its name on a stadium
The New York Times
In recent years, where stadium naming rights could be sold, universities and professional sports teams have sold them — to airlines and banks and companies that sell beer, soda, doughnuts, cars, telecommunications, razors and baseball bats. This led to memorable examples like Enron Field, the KFC Yum! Center and the University of Phoenix Stadium. That trend recently took another strange turn when Florida Atlantic University, in Boca Raton, firmed a deal to rename its football building GEO Group Stadium. Perhaps that pushed stadium naming to its zenith, if only because the GEO Group is a private prison corporation. For this partnership, there is no obvious precedent.
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Augmented reality may be a future tool for law enforcement
Mobile Commerce News
Advances in technology are not only beneficial to the world of entertainment. Augmented reality has been growing more complex and powerful in recent years, and while the technology is primarily used for entraining mobile applications, it could have very promising practical uses. Wearable augmented reality systems, such as augmented reality glasses, could soon be widely used by public workers more so than by consumers. The Kopin Corporation, the ambitious developer of the Golden-i augmented reality headset, has begun showing off its powerful product.
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American justice: For profit prisons or truth?
The Huffington Post
Molly Rowan Leach writes: "A moment in time that nobody expected: the marriage of a football stadium and naming rights with for-profit private prison industry the GEO Group. At this writing, a huge wave of utter discontent and amazement that something like this would ever occur is making waves across the internet and was featured recently in The New York Times. GEO Group Inc., is the nation's second-largest private prison conglomerate traded on the New York Stock Exchange, with $1.6 billion in profits per annum and growing. GEO just spent $6 million to sponsor the Florida Atlantic University football stadium, with its name in the spotlight. Is this really what our criminal justice system has come to?"
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US Parole Commission may revise release rules
Federal Register
The United States Parole Commission proposes to revise its rules describing the conditions of release set for persons on supervision. The revision is part of our ongoing effort to make our rules easier to understand for those people affected by the rules and other interested people and organizations. They also propose to add new procedures for imposing special conditions for sex offenders, and to fill a gap left by an earlier rule change in 2003 regarding the administrative appeals that may be filed by District of Columbia offenders on supervised release.
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West Virginia deputies push body armor bill
Charleston Daily Mail
Top law enforcement officials in West Virginia are urging lawmakers to pass a bill requiring counties to provide their deputies with body armor as soon as they are certified officers. The message was driven home when the West Virginia Sheriff's Association presented Roane Deputy John Westfall with a purple heart for the injuries he sustained in a gunfight with Luke Baber, the 22-year-old Oak Hill man who shot and killed two State Police troopers in August. Westfall also was awarded a Combat Cross for his actions that night. The tragedy that claimed the lives of State Police Cpl. Marshall Bailey and Trooper Eric Workman and left Westfall injured was the spark that started the push, said Rudi Raynes-Kidder, executive director of the Sheriff's Association.
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Online seminar available of presentation on drug-involved offender supervision
National Institute of Justice
The National Institute of Justice has posted a recording of the latest NIJ Research for the Real World Seminar, "Changing Behavior of Drug-Involved Offenders: Supervision That Works." The Dec. 18 seminar was presented by Dr. Angela Hawken, associate professor of economics and policy analysis at Pepperdine University, and Dr. Mark Kleiman, professor of public policy, University of California-Los Angeles. It focuses on an evaluation of a "smart supervision" effort in Hawaii involving drug offenders.
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