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Message from the President
Scott G. Hall

The 2014 Mid-Year meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort was the highest attended mid-year meeting to date! Thank you to all of our attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, volunteers and PBUS committee chairs for making this conference such a memorable one.

I want to thank the Tennessee Association of Professional Bail Agents for partnering with PBUS for the mid-year meeting and helping to make the conference so successful. Our three general sessions, Have a Bail Tale to Tell; Preventing and Defending Lawsuits; and Would I Do That: A Life in Politics, were big hits and our attendees told us they thoroughly enjoyed the sessions. Water’s Edge was a beautiful backdrop for our main conference dinner and the attendees were both “ticketed” and entertained by “The Mayberry Deputy/David Browning.” The Honky-Tonk saloon party at the Nashville Palace was a tremendous hit and had many out on the dance floor dancing to the music of the Davisson Brothers Band, an American country music group, and accomplished singer and songwriter, Chris Janson. And the phenomenal country singer Crystal Gayle received a huge welcome at the annual For Women Only luncheon, singing many of her number one songs and taking pictures with attendees. All of the breakout sessions were informative and engaging and I again want to thank all of our presenters who took time out of their schedules to be a part of the mid-year meeting. Many of our attendees attended a performance at the Grand Ole Opry the last night of the mid-year meeting, where country music began as a live show 85 years ago. And finally, thank you to our exhibitors, both long-time friends and new friends, for attending the conference and sharing your services and products with attendees.

PBUS staff is already beginning to work on the 2015 PBUS Conference, Membership Meeting and Expo, which will be held at the Luxor in Las Vegas Feb. 22-25, 2015. Conference details will be on the PBUS website as soon as possible.

Again, thank all of you for a tremendous 2014 Mid-Year meeting and hope to see you all in Las Vegas in February 2015!
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Bail bonding: The job starts with the bailing out
The Licking News
Most people don’t think about bail bonding until there’s a drug sweep in the neighborhood and they’re confronted with a page full of mug shots in their local paper. Often, their response is frustration with a bail system that allows arrestees to buy their way out of jail. But Steven Lawhead, a bail bonding agent located in Licking, says there’s another way to look at it. “People think we just go and get these guys out of jail. What they may not realize is that in doing this we’re making ourselves responsible for ensuring that these individuals show up in court,” he said.
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Man found guilty of acting as bondsman without license
There are rules and laws about everything, it seems. One of those is that you can’t post bond for someone and receive payment for it if you aren’t licensed by the state. A Mebane, North Carolina, man learned this when he was found guilty of accepting money or property in exchange for bailing people out of jail.
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No charges for bounty hunter that fired at suspect
The Des Moines Register
Charges will not be filed against bounty hunters who fired at a suspect last month, according to WHO-TV. The bounty hunters were chasing Jordan Young, who was wanted for failure to appear in court. The bounty hunters told authorities they were in the process of checking multiple addresses for Young when they came across him unexpectedly in West Des Moines. They told officials they didn't have time to call for police back-up, as is required.
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Municipal offenders could be released early, transferred under deal between Boulder, sheriff
Daily Camera
Boulder officials and Sheriff Joe Pelle have reached an agreement under which municipal offenders could be released early or moved to other jurisdictions at city expense when the county jail is at capacity. The Boulder City Council will take its first vote on the intergovernmental agreement, which Pelle said he hopes to use as a model for a similar agreement with Longmont.
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California's prison realignment plan needs adjustments
Imperial Valley News
When California embarked on a sweeping prison realignment plan in 2011, The Economist described it as one of the "great experiments in American incarceration policy." The challenge was to shift inmates from overcrowded state prisons to jails in California's 58 counties. At this point, the results are mixed and the "devil will be in the details" as tweaks to the original legislation are urged, according to new research by a Stanford law professor.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    'Local girls' to sell Florida bail bond company for $25 million (Orlando Sentinel)
Bail reform legislation in NJ would slash Cumberland, Salem jail populations (South Jersey Times)
Court denies appeal from Mississippi bail bond company (The Clarion-Ledger)
Ohio court to see little change in bail bonds (The Review)
Judge issues $100,000 warrant for man accused of fleeing during dental appointment (Billings Gazette)

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