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Message from the President
Scott G. Hall

Register now for the 2014 Mid-Year Meeting!

The 2014 mid-year meeting is quickly approaching so please register today! We hope you are enjoying information regarding upcoming sessions at this year’s meeting. You will gain much more in-depth information and insights when you attend the sessions in person.

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.

Below is a preview of another session:
Would I do that?

Legendary bondsman and former PBUS President Gerald Monks once advised us all to "Get political or Get out of Bail." Monks was passionate in his belief that we must work with our local and state elected officials to protect the profession we love.

Have you ever gotten elected? Did you know that there are bail agents who have served as mayors, state assemblymen, state representatives, and county commissioners in their communities? Have you ever thought about running for public office? Don’t miss our panel discussion "Would I do that? A life in politics."

This panel discussion is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at the PBUS General Session. We welcome you to join us. This informative discussion is just one of the many benefits you will receive by joining your fellow bail agents in Nashville this summer.
See you in Nashville beginning July 13, 2014!
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PBUS Vice President's Message — Dennis H. Sew, MCBA

SAVE THE DATE! Professional Bail Agents of the United States' 2014 Mid-Year Meeting & Expo!

The professional Bail Agents of the United States invites you to join us July 13-16, 2014, at the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center for the PBUS Mid-Year Meeting & Expo. The PBUS mid-year meeting is the one of the most important events in our industry and this year’s meeting promises to be the one event you cannot afford to miss!

Since 1981, the PBUS Mid-Year Meeting & Expo has become the premier educational event for bail agents, surety companies and recovery agents. Our membership represents over 15,500 agents nationwide and consists of many different types of bail agents, recovery agents, surety companies and politicians.

All of the attendees are directly involved in purchasing decisions for their businesses and/employers. Attending this year's meeting is an excellent opportunity to view products and services of providers, attend speaker sessions and network with PBUS members.

Three reasons you can't miss the 2014 Mid-Year Meeting & Expo!!
  • Impressive events including a reception and dinner Monday evening in the beautiful Gaylord Resort, a “Honky-Tonk” party with live band at The Nashville Palace on Tuesday night and the Grand Ole Opry on Wednesday night!

  • Networking and amazing sessions on social networking, ethics, and technology in the bail industry and much more!

  • Bringing speakers, exhibitors and attendees from across the country in the bail industry together!
Go to to register for the mid-year meeting or email for more information!

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Tonya Rynerson breaks stereotype about the bail bonds industry
The Acorn
Most people have no idea what to do or who to turn to when they need a bail bondsman. They might envision having to go to a shady part of town to deal with a tattooed brute in a neonsigned storefront. The bail bonds industry can evoke images from the reality series “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” but few people understand what really goes on inside the doors of a bail bonds agency.
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Man gets 38 years in bail bondsmen killings
Stephen Stewart got more than 38 years in prison for the killings of bondsmen Zachary and Brandon Sims. Just before the sentencing, members of the Sims family told Stewart they forgive him. He took a plea deal in April, days before a jury trial scheduled to begin. The prosecutor said he is satisfied with the 38-year sentence.
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Police: Dog mauls bail bondsman in Oklahoma City
The unidentified Oklahoma City bondsman attempted to arrest Juan R. Gandarilla, 25, but according to police, Gandarilla ran back into the house. Police said a pit bull then attacked the bondsman. Police said the man tried to stop the dog using a stun gun but was unsuccessful. The man finally used pepper spray to ward off the dog. Police said the man had injuries that were not life-threatening.
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Ohio struggles with rising prison population
The Columbus Dispatch
When Gary Mohr began his career at the Marion Correctional Institution in 1974, there were 8,516 inmates in state prisons. Forty years later, Mohr manages a system nearly six times as large, packed with 50,639 offenders.
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New report slams 'unprecedented growth' in US prisons
The report, published by the National Research Council, describes the rise of incarceration in America as "historically unprecedented and internationally unique." It found that from 1973 to 2009, the prison population grew from about 200,000 to approximately 2.2 million. With this spike, the U.S. now holds close to a quarter of the world's prisoners, even though it accounts for just 5 percent of the global population.
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Texas judge weigh benefits of juvenile detention vs. jail
In Texas, Bexar County District Court Judge Laura Parker said a lot of factors are considered when a judge certifies a minor to stand trial as an adult. "There would be testing done, there would be a probation report done and you would look at the seriousness of the offense," Parker said.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Outdated NO system makes it hard for bounty hunters (WWLT-TV)
Montana bail bonds business sues Park County, judge (Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
Dead batteries in electronic monitoring bracelets, offenders went undetected (The Oregonian)
Local jail population declines from 2008 to 2013, female population increased (BJS)
3-D scanning technology considered for Kansas law enforcement (AP via Miami Herald)

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