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Bounty hunters to be regulated if new legislation passes
Lawmakers are working on legislation that would regulate bounty hunters in the state of Oklahoma. State Sen. Ralph Shortey, R–Oklahoma City, is behind the measure known as the "Bail Enforcement and Licensing Act." The proposed law lays out guidelines for bounty hunters and requires licenses.
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The ancient art of secured release
Jerry Watson, chief legal officer for AIA, writes: "Those today who exert such influence as they can muster toward eliminating the practice of tangibly securing the release of persons held upon suspicion of having committed a criminal offense do so by flying directly in the face of history. If you write commercial bail bonds you are the inheritor of a quite impressive legacy of effectiveness. There is in what you do, in fact, much for which you may be justifiably proud, because you stand in a very long line of persons who contribute significantly to our society."
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Average costs for incarcerated inmates released
Federal Register via Government Printing Office
The director of the Bureau of Prisons has determined that the fee to cover the average cost of incarceration for federal inmates in fiscal year 2011 was $28,893.40. The average annual cost to confine an inmate in a community corrections center for fiscal year 2011 was $26,163.
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New York state launches program to encourage businesses to hire ex-convicts
The Post-Standard
New York state will give businesses up to $2,400 for every ex-convict they hire. The new program, "Work for Success," will refer to businesses "the most qualified and appropriately trained applicants for any open jobs," according to a news release. A tour to promote the program recently was announced by labor Commissioner Peter M. Rivera and Empire State Development Commissioner Kenneth Adams. The tour will include stops in Syracuse, New York City, Albany, Rochester and Buffalo.
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Maryland becomes 6th state in 6 years to repeal death penalty
Pew Charitable Trusts
After a years-long fight, Maryland has become the sixth state in as many years to repeal its death penalty. Gov. Martin O'Malley, who championed the repeal, says he will sign it into law. The repeal bill makes no provision for the five men sentenced to death, which even after a repeal of the death penalty could legally still be executed, should they exhaust all of their appeals.
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Virginia won't privatize sex offender treatment program
The Associated Press via Times Union
Virginia has rejected unsolicited bids by two companies to operate a state facility that detains violent sex offenders for treatment after their sentences are completed. Documents obtained by The Associated Press show that state officials who evaluated the proposals concluded that GEO Group, a private prisons operator based in Boca Raton, Fla., focused too much on incarceration and not enough on treatment. Liberty Healthcare Corp. of Bala Cynwyd, Pa., scored better on treatment but would have charged the state $2.4 million a year more than it is spending to run the facility itself.
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