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Message from the President
Scott G. Hall

We are very near to having our 2014 mid-year conference module up and running!

PBUS has been in the process of moving from the Affiniscape membership platform to the membership platform for our association management program. This has been a very detailed process and final touches are still being completed. We ask for your patience as we navigate this new membership platform, particularly in getting the conference module up and running.

If you haven’t already done so, please make your conference reservation as our room block is almost full ( The 2014 mid-year meeting will be one to remember with great speakers, breakout sessions and fun activities. We are also moving toward having all of the PBUS CBA classes on-line but will be presenting a CBA orientation class at this year’s conference prior to the testing center. Stay tuned for more details on this and other conference activities.

See you all soon in Nashville!
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Ohio bondsman tracks fugitive drug smuggler to Florida
The Chronicle-Telegram
John Davis, a drug smuggler who skipped his June 2013 sentencing hearing in Lorain County Common Pleas Court, was arrested in Plant City, Fla. Bondsman Tony Horn, of Lorain, Ohio-based T-Bonds, said he tracked Davis to a trailer park outside of Tampa after flying to Florida to search for the 54-year-old who was free on a $200,000 bond when he disappeared.
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Bondsman helps create Jammed Up mobile app in New York
News 12 Westchester
A Roosevelt High School graduate and a bondsman from Purchase are hoping to help residents out of legal jams through a new mobile app and website. Celebrity bail bondsman and Purchase resident Ira Judelson invested his A-list reputation and cash into a website called Jammed Up.
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Felons, fugitives bought guns amid backlog in Maryland
The Baltimore Sun
People with histories of mental illness or convictions for violent misdemeanors, felons and fugitives were able to obtain and keep guns for three months or longer before state police in Maryland reviewed the sales, according to recently released records.
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Prison history is central to American history, Yale panel says
New Haven Register
It has implications for the way we examine politics, education, labor, the economy and race, according to the panel. Yet historians have barely started to analyze and interpret the effect of prisons on the national narrative.
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New Sentencing Commission recommendations on federal drug offenders
McClatchy DC
Many federal drug offenders would serve reduced prison sentences, under recommendations recently adopted by the U.S. Sentencing Commission. Acting unanimously, the commission agreed to new guidelines that are expected to cover about 70 percent of federal drug defendants.
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State prison closures — on the chopping block 2013
The Sentencing Project
This report from The Sentencing Project describes the continuing trend among states to close or to consider closing prison facilities. The brief discusses reforms in state sentencing practices in 2013, shifting dynamics of prison closures, opportunities for closures and the use of incarceration.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    What causes high bond amounts? (Cullman Times)
Commentary: Maryland bail bond reform (The Washington Post)
Virginia's sentencing, corrections and criminal justice challenge (Justice Policy Institute)
Mental illness in America's jails and prisons (Health Affairs)

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