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Call for Nominations for the 2016 Board of Directors
Nominations for the 2016 Board of Directors must be sent to Gene Newman no later than Friday, Feb. 5 at 5 p.m. EST in order to be listed on the pre-printed ballots. Newman's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. For complete election information and requirements go to www.pbus.com.
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State Association News
Mississippi Bail Agents Association (MBAA) will have a pre-license class Sept. 14-17 at Eagle Ridge Conference Center in Raymond.
Oklahoma Bondsman Association (OBA) will hold a board meeting on Thursday, Sept. 17 at 10 a.m. at their office.
Bail system must be more fair to all
Las Cruces Sun-News (commentary)
While we may not agree with all of the details of a proposed state constitutional amendment regarding bail for those awaiting trial, we support the principle that the wealth of a defendant should not be the primary factor in determining whether they are able to remain free or are held in jail in the weeks and months leading to trial.
All too often they don't have a clue what it is that we do
By Mark Heffernan, A BailBondsman
You would think that after all this time I would be immune to the special form of indignation that arises in me when it becomes all-too-clear that otherwise intelligent folks have no idea what it is I do for a living.
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Why a rape suspect who cops say reoffended was set free
A county agency cited strong local ties as reason to allow a suspect of a brutal assault and rape to put up $2,500 to get out of jail last month.
Now, about a month after his mother posted the bail, the Slate Belt man is back in jail, facing new charges that he committed similar crimes against the same woman after being set free.
Bounty hunter and bail jumper get into a gun fight
Colorado Springs Police say a bail bond agent got into a gun fight with a suspect, as he was recently trying to apprehend the fugitive near Manitou Avenue and Highway 24. The agent says the suspect shot at him, he then returned fire.
Bail bond regulation ripe for reform, can help NM jails
There are more people in New Mexico county jails than in our state prisons, and some of them stay there for a long time. In some cases, it's a relief that they are locked up. In others, it's a tragic waste of their lives and a pointless expense for taxpayers.
Public safety concerns surround inmates released without bond in Jefferson Parish
The Orleans Parish Prison and conditions inside the facility have dominated headlines in recent weeks.
But it's the jail in neighboring Jefferson Parish that some believe is leading to potential public safety issues as some inmates are being allowed out without posting bond.
Some DUI offenders in Tucson get home detention option
Arizona Public Media
Pima County is starting a home detention program for people convicted of misdemeanor charges for driving under the influence.
The program lets low-risk offenders serve their sentence in the community instead of in jail, and the Pima County Sheriff's Department expects it to save the county tens of thousands of dollars.
Fugitive who jumped from Bay Bridge is caught in Oakland
Los Angeles Times
Weeks after an accused car thief eluded officers by jumping from the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, tips provided by the public led to her arrest in Oakland, the California Highway Patrol said.
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