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Message from the President
Scott G. Hall
2015 Mid-Year Breakout Session Summaries: Gang Awareness

There are approximately 33,000 violent street gangs, motorcycle gangs and prison gangs with 1.4 million members criminally active in the U.S. today. Many gangs are sophisticated and well organized. All use violence to control neighborhoods and boost their illegal money-making activities, which can include robbery, drug and gun trafficking, fraud, extortion, and prostitution rings. Larger cities and suburban counties remain the primary locations of gangs, accounting for roughly two-thirds nationwide. Smaller cities and rural counties have less gang activity.

Members of Bail Guard Inc., a New York State Licensed Private Investigative Agency, will lead this breakout session to combat the gang problem covering areas such as: an overview of today's gang culture, recognition of gang members by colors, signs and symbols, gang organization, gang investigation and intelligence and statistical data gathering.

Bail Guard's staff and members are primarily former law enforcement officers, military personnel and emergency rescue members. Bail Guard understands that given today’s environment and the obstacles and threats prevalent in today's society, policing and tactics must constantly change. As bail agents in the field every day, maintaining an understanding and knowledge of current gang trends can help with fugitive apprehension and keep all parties safe.

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High court declines to weigh in on Arizona no-bail law
The U.S. Supreme Court recetly refused to reconsider a federal appeals court decision that invalidated Arizona's law denying bond to undocumented immigrants charged with serious crimes.
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Lawmakers crack down on bounty hunters
Concern about a Red Wing bounty hunter known for driving a vehicle with police-style markings, carrying a gun and wearing a badge prompted Minnesota lawmakers to restrict the types of uniforms and cars bail bondsmen can use.
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SF presiding judge says court system fair to minorities
San Francisco Examiner
Police, courts and the rest of the criminal justice system have been at the center of public debate following numerous recent high-profile deaths of black men in police custody. These incidents have raised questions about how bias and systemic racism are impacting people who come into contact with police. But others are now pointing to unfair treatment in the judicial system.
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Missing sex offender was tracked with GPS — until court decision
A sex offender whose brother's crimes prompted the laws he's now accused of defying was wearing an electronic monitoring device on his ankle — but not one that tracked his precise movements — before he went missing a week ago.
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California's Proposition 65 opened the door for lawsuit-crazy bounty hunters
The Washington Times
We've all had a good chuckle at the expense of lawyers. Even my own mother has told a few jokes about her son the attorney. Unfortunately, some of these often-repeated set-ups — like the line of lawyers chasing after ambulances — have a firm basis in reality. Perhaps no state boasts more of these opportunistic trial lawyers than California. Thanks to one of the most attorney-friendly laws ever passed, lawyers in California don't have to look far for clients.
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Man accused of shooting at Zimmerman ordered to wear GPS device
A Florida judge has ordered the man accused of shooting at George Zimmerman to wear a GPS monitoring device that alerts Zimmerman if he comes near. During a Friday hearing, Judge Debra Nelson amended Matthew Apperson's $35,000 bond to require him to wear the monitoring device.
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Bikers released after bond reduction agreements with DA
Waco Tribune-Herald
Three bikers jailed with more than 170 others for more than a week and a half after a deadly shootout at Twin Peaks were going home to Austin on Thursday, after winning significant bond reductions in an agreement with the McLennan County District Attorney's Office.
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