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Message from the President
Scott G. Hall

The 2015 PBUS Winter Conference, Membership Meeting & Expo was a HUGE success and had the highest attendance to date of any PBUS conference!

Everyone enjoyed being back at the Luxor Casino and Resort and took advantage of the incredible room rate. Feedback from conference attendees on the breakout sessions and general sessions was outstanding. Many new PBUS members attended the conference and had ample opportunities to network with each other and enjoy learning what is happening in the bail industry nationwide. Thank you to everyone who attended the conference and make it such a success!

We will highlight our award winners in the next several editions of the news brief starting with the President's Award winner:

Dennis H. Sew, was awarded the President's award at the Tuesday Gala Dinner and Awards Celebration.

Sew is the Director of Producer Relations for Lexington National Insurance Corporation. When it comes to fugitive recovery, Sew is one of the best. On the federal level, he has worked with the U.S. Marshal's Service, FBI, DEA, ATF, Secret Service and Homeland Security. On the state level, he has worked with police, sheriffs and other law enforcement officers in almost every state. If a Producer has a question about fugitive recovery, Sew can provide the answer.

Sew is a lifetime native of Baltimore, Maryland. He received his B.S. from Towson State University — School of Business in 1983. He entered the bail bond industry with Fred Frank Bail Bonds in 1984 where he is currently employed. He was instrumental in creating and implementing procedures in the extradition of fugitives for Maryland State's Attorney offices. Sew has received the Certified Bail Agent (CBA) and Master Certified Bail Agent (MCBA) designation.

Sew is the PBUS Fundraising Chairman, the chairman of the Membership Committee, and also currently serves on the Education and Finance committees.

Congratulations to Sew on this prestigious award!

Our staff will soon be working on the conference module for the mid-year meeting in Colorado Springs, Colorado, July 12-15, so check the PBUS website for upcoming details.
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Bail bonds company provides clients with reliable services
Digital Journal
When one thinks of the standard services that a bail bonds company can provide for him, he thinks of financing programs and consultations that can prepare him for the bail process. He may not think that the company will get the extra mile and help him in other ways.
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Bond amounts set on case-by-case basis
Lawrence Journal World
Bond amounts set for defendants in Douglas County can seem random. One defendant charged with a DUI may receive a $250 bond while another may get a $500 bond. That's because according to Kansas statute, the decision is left entirely up to the judge, said Douglas County Chief District Judge Robert Fairchild.
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Pretrial electronic monitoring program shows early success
Five months in, and a pretrial electronic monitoring program in Windham County, Vermont, is off the ground, and although enrollment is not as high as expected, the results seem positive.
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Jail launches electronic monitoring program
The Ellsworth American
The Hancock County Jail in Maine has launched its first electronic monitoring program in an effort to cut costs and allow inmates to be productive. Under the program, people who have run afoul of the law but who meet certain criteria are able to live at home and work after serving at least a third of their sentence.
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A bondsman's journey: Tracking a Huntsville fugitive across the country
He thought he got away. He thought wrong. That's certainly the impression fugitive James Lawhorne gave to his captor during the recent 12-hour car ride from Lake Mary, Florida, to Huntsville, Alabama. The alleged scam artist had eluded authorities for more than a month since cutting off his ankle monitor and escaping over the Alabama state line. Thousands of tips had to be combed through before his Huntsville bondsman could pinpoint him to a small city in central Florida.
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Officials: Bail reform and outdated jails remain central issues in South Jersey regional jail study
South Jersey Times
Bail reform and the need for a more modern facility to house inmates have prompted several counties to jointly examine the idea of creating a regional jail in South Jersey.
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Bonds lowered for father, stepmom of 'Basement Boy'
The Detroit News
A judge lowered bond for the father and stepmother of the 12-year-old "Basement Boy" who was found hidden in their basement last summer, 11 days after he was reported missing. Charles Bothuell IV, and his wife, Monique Dillard-Bothuell, each had bond reset at $50,000, 10 percent. If they make bail, they must wear a GPS tether and have no contact with children, Judge Shannon Holmes said.
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