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Message from the President
Scott G. Hall

We are hard at planning the mid-year meeting at the beautiful Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, TN, which will be held July 13-16, 2014. We will also be teaming up with the Tennessee Association of Professional Bail Agents to make this conference one packed with informative sessions, educational opportunities, fun and much more! So mark your calendars now for this exciting conference!

Our conference module will be up soon but you can use the below passkey link to make your hotel reservations – the PBUS group code is PBA if calling to make your reservations. Rooms are $159 per night, which includes the hotel resort fee. 

Click here to make your hotel reservation

As promised, we continue to share with you information about our award winners at the winter conference in this edition of the PBUS News Update.

Several years ago, the board gave the PBUS President the authority to recognize an individual who has contributed greatly to PBUS and our profession. The President’s award has been given to several outstanding individuals; last year Jeff Kirkpatrick, Vice President of Industry Relations with Universal Fire and Casualty Insurance Company, received this prestigious award.

Our award winner for 2014 is someone who has been in the bail profession from a very young age and has always steadfastly supported PBUS. From sponsoring events and functions to loaning PBUS talented staff in times of need, this awardee has continued to provide the needed resources when asked. She is one of the most respected leaders in the bail industry, running one of the largest insurance companies doing business nationwide.

This individual has devoted her career to her family-owned business and to the betterment of the bail industry, fighting to improve standards and working to ensure the protection of the public.

PBUS is proud to recognize Deborah Snow, with the 2014 PBUS President’s Award!

Stay tuned for upcoming information on PBUS' mid-year meeting in Nashville, TN!
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70 percent effective? No thank you!
Michael J. Whitlock via PBUS
How would you feel about driving a car with brakes guaranteed to work 70 percent of the time? What about strapping on a parachute with a low failure-to-open rate of just 30 percent? According to an online article posted by the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office will be submitting a proposal to the county Board of Supervisors to move to a "risk-based" system to determine which inmates should receive early release. A 70 percent success rate appears to be good enough for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office.
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USA TODAY connects fugitives and failures of public pretrial justice system
Now enter the commercial bail bond industry. Not only does the commercial bail industry outperform all other forms of release at getting defendants back to court — with pretrial services performing the worst — commercial bail bond agents also outperform all other forms of release in getting those that miss court, back to court. In other words, the commercial bail industry has no fugitive problem.
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Bondsmen question Virginia inmate release policy
"Last week, I got a call at 1:15 a.m.," said bail bondsman Jenifer Jewell, who said her phone rings in the middle of the night regularly. "People who get released on like the 15th, they start releasing them at midnight on the 15th. So, they release them all night long."
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Why does commercial bail work? It's simple — we go get them!
If you ever wondered why the commercial bail industry is so effective at what it does, you do not have to look any further than a recent story out of Florida. Recently, a fugitive was captured in Florida and returned back to New Jersey where he failed to show up for court. If you are wondering how this man was finally apprehended, you might be surprised to know that he wasn't tracked down by law enforcement. Rather, the fugitive was tracked down and recovered by a bail bondsman.
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System would change how Los Angeles County inmates get early release
Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is considering a new system for deciding which jail inmates get released early by making predictions about who is most likely to commit new crimes. Officials say the current system has weaknesses because it does not take into account the inmate's full record, including serious crimes that occurred years ago.
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Social media networks crack down on gun sales
Facebook and Instagram plan to make a major change to their policies; they plan to block certain gun sale posts. Currently it is legal to post a photo of a gun and sell it as a private gun owner, without conducting a background check.
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Predictive policing in the 21st century
BlueLine Connect
"I used to think my job was about making arrests," an officer narrates in a 2013 IBM commercial. "Now I know how some U.S. cities have reduced crime by more than 30 percent — by stopping crime before it happens."
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Ohio reports record-low state prisoner recidivism rate
The Associate Press via The Washington Times
Fewer ex-inmates are going back behind bars, Ohio announced recently. The state credits the drop to community programs that work with newly released offenders and new units that prepare people for life outside prison walls.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Radio interview: Setting the record straight about the bail industry (ExpertBail)
Alabama bail bonds business adds 'mom-and-pop' atmosphere (The Auburn Plainsman)
Texas bail bondsman aids in catching burglary suspect (Amarillo Globe-News)
New report says climate change may mean more crime (The Boston Globe)
Being a bondsman gives mother freedom to set her own hours (Durant Daily Democrat)

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