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Message from the President
Scott G. Hall

We hope all of you are getting excited to attend the mid-year meeting in Nashville at the Gaylord Opryland Resort July 13-16, 2014! The conference and entertainment committees are hard at work planning an outstanding conference of breakout sessions and entertainment during our main events.

We hope to have the full conference site up soon for conference registrations, but in the meantime please remember to make your reservations using the passkey link below. The conference code is PBA for those wishing to call the hotel directly.

Click here to make your hotel reservation!

In this edition, we will showcase our last award winner from the 2014 winter conference. The PBUS Individual of the Year award recognizes an individual, company or organization that has served to promote the industry across the nation. A nominee’s work should support the PBUS mission by providing information, education and leadership skills that reflect a national influence on the bail profession. Last year we honored Melanie Ledgerwood as the PBUS Individual of the Year.

Imagine you are in one of the safest places – a church or sanctuary – and something unimaginable happens? How many of us would run to the rescue of others despite imminent danger? Well, that is what our next awardee just did. At a Sunday mass in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as the choir began singing a hymn to wrap up Mass, a fellow parishioner bolted from his pew, ran to the choir area and started stabbing the choir leader and others.

In the ensuing chaos, our awardee attempted to stop this parishioner and was stabbed once near the neck and four times in the back, with the knife blade narrowly missing his spine and kidneys. He had been playing the flute in the choir. When asked why he risked his life for others, he stated: “I instinctively just dropped my flute and I rushed the guy. I never saw a knife, but I just rushed him.”

PBUS was proud to honor this individual who, to his family, his community and the bail profession, is truly a hero – Mr. Gerald Madrid!

Stay tuned for upcoming information on PBUS' mid-year meeting in Nashville!
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In Florida, remembering Volusia County's 1st bondsman
The Daytona Beach News-Journal
Howard Frank, the first person to set up a bail bond business in Volusia County, Fla., and who tracked down at least 1,000 people across the United States after they jumped bail on him, died at his home on March 16, his son said.
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New Jersey Supreme Court committee urges historic changes to bail system
The Star-Ledger
A committee appointed by the state’s chief judge today recommended a historic shift in how New Jersey treats defendants before trial, urging a greater focus on the safety of the community in deciding who goes free and who remains locked up.
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Report: California is top crime target in United States
The Sacramento Observer
California is the top target in the U.S. for international criminal enterprises that operate from safe havens in Eastern Europe, Africa and China according to a report released recently. "We know that they use technology directly in a way that perpetuates and commits crimes, in particular the crimes of hacking and data breaches and malware," Attorney General Kamala Harris said.
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Some prosecutors fighting effort to eliminate mandatory minimum sentences
The Washington Post
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.'s broad effort to eliminate mandatory minimum prison sentences for nonviolent drug offenders and reduce sentences for defendants in most drug cases is facing resistance from some federal prosecutors and district attorneys nationwide.
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Los Angeles County takes another step towards greenlighting women's jail
Diamond Bar-Walnut Patch
The Board of Supervisors in Los Angeles County moved one step closer to greenlighting a jail for women at the former Mira Loma Detention Center, authorizing a $5.5 million contract for conceptual drawings and design-build services for the proposed facility.
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Authorities looking for man who removed electronic monitoring device
Salisbury Post
In North Carolina, Jonathan Todd Trexler, 45, has landed on the sheriff’s office most wanted list after authorities say he removed his electronic monitoring device. Officials say the device was issued by the probation division. Trexler is currently serving a sentence that required him to monitored electronically as part of his probation.
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Reports released on 2013 federal court caseloads, activities
U.S. Courts
An in-depth look at the caseload of the federal courts can be found in the 2013 Judicial Business of the U.S. Courts, released by the Administrative Office. Fiscal year 2013 saw an increase in the district court caseload and in the number of persons under supervised release.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Bondsmen question Virginia inmate release policy (WAVY-TV)
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System would change how Los Angeles County inmates get early release (Los Angeles Times)
USA TODAY connects fugitives and failures of public pretrial justice system (ExpertBail)
70 percent effective? No thank you! (Michael J. Whitlock via PBUS)

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