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Bell County, Texas, bail bond companies feeling squeezed
Killeen Daily Herald
To hear bail bond companies tell it, Bell County, Texas's use of personal recognizance bonds is putting the squeeze on them. "Over the last five or six years the number of people on personal recognizance bonds has tripled," said Robin Reese, president of the Bell County Bail Bond Board. "My felony business has dropped off the map."
Utah county settles 2011 lawsuit over man's unlawful detainment for immigration status check
Salt Lake County, Utah, has settled a lawsuit filed on behalf of a man held in the Salt Lake County Jail and by federal authorities for 46 days after he posted court-ordered bail. The plaintiff, Enrique Uroza, was detained by the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office to check his immigration status, which the county officials believed was required under SB81, passed by the Utah Legislature in 2008.
Superior court judge on leave after bail controversy
A superior court judge who has been the subject of two investigations is now on leave and will not return to the bench. Paulding County, Georgia, Judge James Osborne had initially planned to retire at the end of this year, after an election-related investigation in March. Now, he's instead filed notice making his retirement effective Oct. 1, amid a new Judicial Qualifications Commission investigation.
Prosecutor hopes high bond keeps woman from collecting more DUI charges
Northwest Arkansas News
Prosecutors are hoping a large bond and electronic monitoring will stop a woman from drinking and driving again until they can get her into court. Jo Lynn Jackson was convicted of killing a city worker in 2011 and faces her third drunken driving offense since June.
Massachusetts court upholds GPS monitoring of sex offenders
The Boston Globe
Massachusetts' highest court has rejected a challenge to the state law that requires GPS monitoring during probation for people convicted of certain sex offenses involving a child. The court said the law gave judges no discretion on whether to impose the GPS monitoring during probation, and the Legislature had good reasons for enacting the law.
Jack Sanders drove 600 miles to Missouri to help get protestors out of jail
Cleveland Scene Weekly (commentary)
Jack Sanders writes: "I got in my car in Ohio City Friday and drove almost 600 miles from Cleveland to Ferguson, Missouri. I'm not a protest tourist; I'm not a member of any organization. I'm not even really employed at the moment. I'm just an outraged guy with a law license and a ton of experience handling discrimination cases. And after the militarized police response to protesters, after they started shooting tear gas and making random arrests of media members and a local politician, I told my friend, another lawyer, 'We should be down there, helping people who get wrongfully arrested during the protests.'"
Child support truck drives into New Jersey
Newark, New Jersey, native Kai Patterson founded Project Child Support in 2011. The nonprofit offers support to both custodial and noncustodial parents involved in child support disputes. Staff members call the mobile unit a "one-stop shop" for parents. It offers investigations into child support cases, assistance with legal documentation, and even has "licensed fugitive recovery agents" or bounty hunters on staff to locate nonpaying parents.
Texas county could spend millions more on inmate stays
Midland County, Texas, may spend an additional $2.5 million in the next two years if it does not decrease the number of days inmates spend in the county jail, according to a study. Contributing factors to the state of the jail population are increases to the average daily jail population, inmates' total days in jail, the district attorney's caseload and the courts' caseload.
Pennsylvania bondsman on the hook for $110,000 after felon skips court
A Pennsylvania bail bondsman is out $110,000 after his client, a convicted felon, skipped trial and the bondsman didn't bother to find him. Lancaster County Judge Margaret Miller made the ruling at a hearing last week regarding Dante Seals skipping his Aug. 4 trial date over felony weapons charges and fleeing police.
Teen charged with murder released from jail by mistake
Jermeny Marsh had been locked up for more than two years on a charge of second-degree murder. It was a juvenile murder case, but the district attorney's office said the facts were serious enough for prosecutors to request that Marsh to be tried as an adult. Marsh was going through hearings in that process — known as a 357 transfer — when he was booked with another charge: battery on a corrections officer.
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