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Killing of 2 bounty hunters in Phoenix spotlights risk of job
The Arizona Republic
The recent slayings of two bounty hunters who were attempting to apprehend a fugitive in Phoenix highlight the danger of the job, an industry official says. Bail bondsmen David Brickert, 37, and Wesley Kampen, 39, were found fatally shot at an apartment complex. John Burns, president of the Arizona Bail Bondsmen Association, said the group’s 280 members are in a dangerous line of work. Even with more than three decades in the military and law enforcement, Burns said, "every day I go out there, I am still paranoid that anything can happen." Burns said that the two deaths were the state's first in the profession that he could recall but added that bail-bond agents are injured on the job all the time.
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Criminal realignment costing bail-bond businesses in California
Local bail-bond agents say the California prison realignment law that Gov. Jerry Brown signed two years ago has been a major hit to their businesses. "We're looking at least a 50 percent loss," said Donald Baltzley, co-owner of Belinda's Bail Bonds. "It has definitely affected us in a very negative way." The realignment law, which was put into effect six months after it was signed in April 2011, was proposed as a direct response to a U.S. Supreme Court order for the state to reduce its prison population by May 24, 2013.
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Orange County, Fla., corrections chief steps aside after home-confinement failure
Orlando Sentinel
The head of Orange County, Fla.'s corrections department and one of his chief deputies are out following two scathing internal reports that found little oversight within the agency's embattled home-confinement program. Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs fought back tears upon the arrival of Rafael Zaldivar, father of a man allegedly killed by a suspect who was supposed to be monitored by county employees. Trust in the program steadily has eroded since the Orlando Sentinel revealed in February that Ocoee home-invasion defendant Bessman Okafor had violated his curfew numerous times while on home-confinement monitoring.
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Louisiana House considers ankle monitors for work-release inmates
Sulphur Daily News
Work-release inmates in Calcasieu Parish will be fitted with ankle monitors and, if Louisiana House Bill 309 passes this Legislative session, they also may be paying for the use of them, according to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso. The CPSO's change in policy comes in response to the December 2012 murder of Brittany Grosse, 21, reportedly at the hands of Dustin Pleasant, 26, a work-release inmate, near the Lake Charles restaurant they both worked. Pleasant would later hang himself with a blanket in his Angola State Penitentiary jail cell.
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Washington state weighs payments for wrongful convictions
The Olympian
The measure that Washington state lawmakers are considering this year would allow people who were wrongfully convicted to file a claim in superior court for damages against the state. Someone would have to show their conviction was reversed or vacated based on significant evidence of actual innocence. Once a judge or jury determines the claim is valid, the court can award damages.
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Opinion: Review condition of prisons in Ohio
The Advertiser-Tribune
Twenty years ago this month, many Ohioans were stunned when inmates at a state prison in Lucasville went on an 11-day rampage. In addition to murdering nine fellow inmates, the rioters took several guards hostage. When their demands were not met quickly enough to suit them, some of the rioters murdered guard Robert Vallandingham. He was strangled to death. Eventually, the rioters were subdued. Five were sentenced to death for their roles in the butchery. State officials improved conditions at Lucasville and other prisons in efforts to avoid similar outbreaks in the future.
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'Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Recovery' program details available
CSG Justice Center
The CSG Justice Center, with support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, convened more than 300 practitioners, researchers, and public officials for the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program National Training and Technical Assistance Event,, Feb. 27-March 1. The conference introduced attendees to best practices associated with positive public safety and public health outcomes to address the over-representation of people with mental illnesses in the criminal justice system. The first day of the conference was restricted to FY2012 JMHCP grantees, who utilized the time to determine how to best achieve the objectives of their collaborative criminal justice/mental health programs.
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    Tests found major flaws in parolee GPS monitoring devices (Los Angeles Times)
Bail reform group's study gets reactions from New Jersey corrections officials (South Jersey Times)
House Judiciary passes amended version of Tomblin's prison reform bill in West Virginia (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)
Bail reform group's study gets reactions from New Jersey corrections officials (South Jersey Times)
Webinar:' Work Release Centers, Day Reporting Centers, and Halfway Houses: What Impact Do They Have on Public Safety?' (The Council of State Governments)

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