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Message from the President
Scott G. Hall

Planning continues for the 2014 mid-year meeting in Nashville! With so much interest and excitement in this year’s mid-year meeting, we have had to increase our room block to accommodate all those that wish to attend.

I know all of you are awaiting further information on the conference as well as the ability to register; let me assure you that we are working hard on getting the full conference module up and running to achieve those goals.

In the very near future we will also be sharing news regarding the conference venue and details for the 2015 Winter Conference, Membership Meeting and Expo in Las Vegas!

I am happy to say that our membership continues to grow – thanks to everyone who is spreading the news that bail agents should join our national association as we promote the important work that you all do each day.

See you at the 2014 Mid-Year meeting in Nashville!
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PBUS member Matt Maddock running for State Senate
Matt Maddock
Fellow Bail Agents! I hope this exciting news finds you well!

An opportunity to get a bail industry leader elected to public office is rare! Like Gerald Monks once said, "We need to get into politics or get out of business." I'm a user-funded bail advocate who's been fighting Pretrial for 24 years.

We're mounting a formidable campaign against a big-government opponent and we've got a great team of volunteers and supporters! We can't run this campaign on manpower alone though! I also need to raise a lot of money. I'm depending on my fellow bail agents, agency owners and insurance companies to contribute to the campaign. Please help me raise the money needed to get elected and visit to donate.

I'll never vote to increase the size or scope of government. I'll never vote to increase taxes or fees. I won't let you down.

For more information please read the press release.

Matt Maddock, CBA
Michigan Professional Bail Agents Association President

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Commentary: Maryland bail bond reform
The Washington Post
The measure is backed by Gov. Martin O'Malley and legislative leaders in Annapolis, but it faces skeptics, particularly in the House of Delegates, which has not yet voted on it. They wonder whether it’s wise to replace the judgments of trained commissioners with rulings guided by a machine.
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What causes high bond amounts?
Cullman Times
Why can one person accused of a violent crime have a lower bail than someone arrested on a drug possession charge? That seems to be a common question posed on social media by readers after reading crime stories detailing bonds set in the thousands of dollars for one defendant and in the millions for others.
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Virginia's sentencing, corrections and criminal justice challenge
Justice Policy Institute
Billion Dollar Divide points to racial disparities, skewed fiscal priorities, and missed opportunities for improvements through proposed legislation, and calls for reforms to Virginia's sentencing, corrections and criminal justice system. While other states are successfully reforming their sentencing laws, parole policies and drug laws, Virginia is lagging behind and spending significant funds that could be used more effectively to benefit public safety in the commonwealth.
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Mental illness in America's jails and prisons
Health Affairs
The United States continues to have one of the highest incarceration rates in the world, with 5 percent of the world population, but nearly 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. Inmates are spending more time behind bars as states adopt "truth in sentencing laws," which requires inmates to serve 85 percent of their sentence behind bars.
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Law enforcement lobby tries to kill sentencing reform
The Huffington Post
Several organizations representing state and local law enforcement are quietly trying to kill a bipartisan bill that would roll back tough mandatory sentences for people convicted of federal drug offenses under legislation passed during the height of America's drug war three decades ago.
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Bureau of Prisons is requesting input on their Halfway House Program
Federal Business Opportunities
The Bureau of Prisons has published a draft Statement of Work that outlines the operational requirements for their residential re-entry centers — RRCs or halfway houses — and is requesting public input. Comments are due before April 25, and are to be forwarded to the BOP via email at the following address:
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Appellate court rejects bondsman's request (The Reporter)
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New app educates users on DUI laws, directly connects them to bondsman (Radio Iowa)
Mississippi governor signs criminal justice overhaul bill (Hattiesburg American)
New Orleans inspector general gives scathing report on electronic monitoring (WWLT-TV)

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