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Message from the President
Scott G. Hall

Register now for the 2014 Mid-Year Meeting!

Our members are quickly registering for this year’s mid-year meeting at the beautiful Gaylord Opryland Resort! Don’t miss out on the exciting breakout and general sessions planned for the conference.

Remember: 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, I encourage you to join our national association and network with bail agents across the country.

We continue to highlight the sessions that will be given at the 2014 mid-year meeting. Below is another peak preview of an upcoming session:
Preventing and Defending Lawsuits

Find out how to help protect yourself from financial ruin arising from lawsuits.

What actions can you take to avoid being sued? If a lawsuit is filed, what are the best ways to defend yourself from the possibility of a catastrophic loss? Have you ever been sued for an incident related to apprehending a defendant? Have you ever thought about the fact that a lawsuit may be your biggest financial risk? Owning a bail agency has tremendous rewards and bail agents play a vital role in protecting our criminal justice system. How can you protect yourself?

At our PBUS mid-year meeting in Nashville this summer, you can attend a panel discussion on mitigating the risks related to, or arising from, apprehending defendants. The panel will include a prominent civil attorney and bail agents with a wealth of hard-earned experience and knowledge. Are there alternatives to apprehending your fugitive defendant? If you do make a decision to apprehend, what actions can you take to lessen your risk of getting sued? If (when) a lawsuit does arise, what can you do? What should you do?

Let’s discuss this and learn from our shared experiences. This panel discussion is scheduled to take place on Monday, July 14, 2014. We welcome you to join us for this informative session.
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.

See you at the PBUS 2014 mid-year meeting!
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Outdated NO system makes it hard for bounty hunters
These fugitives had one thing in common that would ultimately lead to their capture: A modern-day bounty hunter named Matt Dennis. "We live in a modern technology society. You cannot hide. It’s stupid to try to hide," said Dennis. Unlike the popular depiction of bounty hunters as tattooed tough guys banging down doors, today's fugitive recovery agents are far more likely to do their work with a laptop and cell phone than a battering ram and handcuffs.
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Montana bail bonds business sues Park County, judge
Bozeman Daily Chronicle
In Montana, a Belgrade bail bonds business is suing Park County after it says a Justice Court judge unlawfully acted as a bail bondsman. Valley Bail Bonds and its owners filed a suit against Judge Linda Budeski in U.S. District Court in Billings in April, saying the judge allowed a criminal defendant to post 10 percent of his bail with the court.
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Dead batteries in electronic monitoring bracelets, offenders went undetected
The Oregonian
The city of Fife, Oregon, is dealing with an embarrassing situation: City employees weren't able to tell when the batteries on electronic-monitoring bracelets worn by offenders ran out of power. One Pierce County man, sentenced to home detention for theft, was able to slip off his bracelet undetected because the batteries were dead.
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Accused felons in Oregon County to face new pre-sentence evaluations
The Oregonian
People charged with certain felonies and facing prison time in Multnomah County, Oregon, will soon undergo a new risk assessment before they're sentenced to see if they would do better on intense probation rather than serving time behind bars.
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3-D scanning technology considered for Kansas law enforcement
The Associated Press via Miami Herald
As a means to prepare for the scenario in which the state of Kansas is the home of a major crime scene, state law enforcement officials from several agencies are learning how to collaborate to create 3-D scans.
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Hyperlocal apps help residents fight crime
Early this year, a crime spree hit the usually quiet residential neighborhood of Grandview, northeast of downtown Phoenix. Over a period of three months, there were 25 home burglaries in the neighborhood, often carried out while residents were out for just a few hours. When police work failed to produce any arrests, the community took to the Internet to do some sleuthing.
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Local jail population declines from 2008 to 2013, female population increased
Bureau of Justice Statistics
After a peak in the number of inmates confined in county and city jails at midyear 2008 (785,533), the jail population was significantly lower by midyear 2013 (731,208). However, the estimated decline between midyear 2012 and 2013 was not statistically significant. California's jails experienced an increase of about 12,000 inmates since midyear 2011.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Florida man held on charges of attempted murder of 2 bail bondsmen (NewsChief)
Bail bondsmen keep busy after cockfighting arrests (WPLG-TV)
Man wanted for rape cut off electronic monitoring device in North Carolina (WSOC-TV)
Los Angeles sheriff's race: Candidates urge a delay in jail expansion plan (KPCC-Radio)
Florida bail bond agents stepping up in time of need (ExpertBail)

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