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Scott G. Hall

Registration Now Open for the 2014 Mid-Year Meeting!

The PBUS conference registration module is now active so we encourage everyone to begin registering for the conference. Please make sure you sign-in as a member before registering to get the member conference rates! If you are not yet a PBUS member, please join to get great conference rates and network with fellow bail agents across the country.

In the next few editions of the PBUS News Update, we want to highlight some of the sessions that will be offered at this year’s meeting. This is just a peak preview in case you want to attend a particular session:

Have a bail tale to tell?
Join your colleagues to share laughter and frontline war stories, unique to what we do for a living. For instance, did you ever hear the one about the agent who invited his Deputy buddy out to the parking lot of the jail to show off his brand new Taser? And then accidently shot him with it?

You will hear this story and others at the Monday, July 14, 2014, PBUS general session. This panel discussion will host the telling of tall bail tales and stories of legendary exploits. There are a lot of characters in the world of bail and you are invited to count yourself among them. Join us this summer at the mid-year meeting at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville.

If you haven’t already done so, please make your hotel reservation as soon as possible, as our room block is filling very quickly. The Group Code is PBA.
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Florida bail bond agents stepping up in time of need
If you have been paying attention to the recent news out of Florida, then you probably know that they have been dealing with a lot lately. First, Escambia County Florida received close to 30 inches of rain in less than 24 hours. Next, two days ago, the Escambia County Jail had a gas explosion that killed two people and forced law enforcement to scramble quickly to house the displaced inmates.
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Bail bondsmen keep busy after cockfighting arrests
Bail bondsmen are keeping busy after hundreds of people were arrested in a massive cockfighting ring in southwest Miami-Dade County, Florida.
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Florida man held on charges of attempted murder of 2 bail bondsmen
A judge denied bail recently for a 30-year-old Auburndale, Florida, man accused of trying to shoot at two bail bondsmen in April. The two men began looking for the suspect after a judge issued a warrant for his arrest when he failed to appear at an April 15 court hearing, the report states.
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Man wanted for rape cut off electronic monitoring device in North Carolina
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in North Carolina is asking for the public's help Eddie Stokley . CMPD says Stokley is wanted on outstanding warrants for interfering with an electronic monitoring device and rape.
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Los Angeles sheriff's race: Candidates urge a delay in jail expansion plan
Six of the seven candidates for Los Angeles County sheriff believe the Board of Supervisors should postpone any action on a proposed $2.3 billion jail expansion plan until after this year's election is settled.
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Texas lawmakers urge to reform parole with technology
The Texas Tribune
The solution to saving money on the state prison system may be more spending on technology, experts and lawmakers mused at a recent panel on criminal justice policy. In light of Georgia's success using new technologies in parole and probation, experts at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative Austin-based think tank, are urging Texas lawmakers to follow suit.
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Divided Pennsylvania Supreme Court OKs warrantless car searches
The Patriot-News
Police in Pennsylvania no longer have to secure a warrant to search a car. A sharply-split state Supreme Court ensured that by ruling Tuesday that Pennsylvania will henceforth follow federal law that requires only that police officers have probable cause before searching vehicles.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Can posting bail hurt your credit? (ABC News)
ABA release standards — who does them best? (Behind the Paper with Jerry Watson)
Fiesta crimes: Bail bonds companies see spike in assaults, prostitution (KENS-TV)
Setting the record straight on the true cost of bail reform (ExpertBail)

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