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Insurance firm, bail bonds agency offer $50K for information leading to capture of Michigan fugitive
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An insurance company is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading directly to the capture before Oct. 1 of convicted racketeer Ricky Wheeldon in Jackson, Mich. United Surety Agents Inc., an arm of Allegheny Casualty Insurance Co., announced the reward. United Surety Agents Inc. is the company that stands behind Mason, Mich.-based Leo's Bail Bonds, which entered into an agreement with Wheeldon and posted his $500,000 bond. If Wheeldon, 53, is not apprehended by Oct. 3, the insurance company and Leo's will have to pay Jackson County the $500,000. More

Skip-tracers national certification program
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The Professional Bail Agents of the United States has added a new benefit for its active members. The Skip-Tracers National Certification Program, voted in the top 25 continuing education programs by PINOW.COM, combines tried-and-true, old-school skip-tracing techniques with the best of today's technology. More

Missouri man accused of locking toddler in dangerously filthy apartment
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A Clay County, Mo., man faces a child endangerment charge after his 3-year-old daughter was found locked inside of their Claycomo apartment in filthy conditions. James C. Simpson was held in the Clay County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash-only bond after he was charged with one count each of child endangerment and stealing. Authorities say that bail bondsman Kevin Vetsch – who was searching for Simpson in connection to an alleged forged check for bail bonds services – called police after finding the apartment padlocked from the outside, and the toddler alone inside. More

Fugitive, captured in New York, fighting extradition in Connecticut murder
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A Connecticut man arrested by federal marshals in Schenectady, N.Y., on a fugitive warrant for a fatal drug-related shooting is fighting extradition to his home state. The defense attorney for Joseph Walker of Waterbury told Visiting Schenectady County Judge Richard Giardino on that the district attorney's office will have to obtain a "governor's warrant." More

NJ police capture alleged bogus bounty hunter
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Police in Millville, N.J., have arrested the man they say has been posing as a bounty hunter for the state Attorney General's Office. Edward D. Collins was arrested in Millville, after police received an anonymous tip. More

Officials: Wanted Hindu guru escaped to India
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Two days after a Hays County, Texas jury convicted Prakashanand Saraswati of 20 counts of indecency with a child for groping two teenagers who lived at the Hindu ashram he'd founded, newly filed court documents say his followers met in a devotee's home to plan how to spirit him out of the country before his sentencing. After secretly moving just south of Tijuana, Prakashanand — who'd shaved his long white beard and cut his shoulder-length hair — then used a fake passport to escape to India in November. More

Authorities say wanted man lived with former officer
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U.S. marshals say they found a New Hampshire man wanted on a parole violation living with a former police officer in Massachusetts. The marshals' Fugitive Task Force says 29-year-old Luis Figueroa was arrested in the Lawrence, Mass., home owned and occupied by the former officer. More

Texas county jail sets 72-hour inmate limit
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Beginning Oct. 1, the Reagan County Law Enforcement Center in Texas is slated to change its function from holding inmates as long as necessary to a 72-hour lockup only. The Reagan County Commissioners Court decided that operating the jail as is was not cost-effective and finalized its budget to reflect the change, said County Judge Larry Isom. Inmates who need to be detained longer than 72 hours will be moved to the jail in Rankin, said Reagan County Sheriff Jeff Garner. More

Advocacy groups wary of new California plan for prison isolation units
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California corrections officials are moving forward with a plan for handling prison gangs and other violent groups, including changing rules that have kept some inmates locked in special isolation units for decades. But the initiative is raising concern among prisoner rights advocates and some experts who worry that it will do little to improve stark conditions or cut the backlog of inmates awaiting placement into the units. More

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25th suspect cuts off electronic monitor in North Carolina
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A 25th suspect has cut off an electronic monitor in the Charlotte and Mecklenburg, N.C., area. Channing Banks, 19, ditched his ankle monitor near his home. The other 24 suspects who cut off their monitors this year are all back in jail. More

Post-prison 'sorting' called key to West Virginia inmate overcrowding
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West Virginia has done a poor job matching offenders to the right kind of supervision or services when placing them on probation, on parole or into a community-based corrections program, according to an initial finding from the ongoing study of the state's inmate crowding crisis. This improper "sorting" plays a role in the growth of West Virginia's prison population when that supervised release is revoked, Carl Reynolds of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative said. More

CMT orders 10-episode series starring Dog the Bounty Hunter
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Dog the Bounty Hunter is returning to television. Four months after A&E ended the unscripted series that followed Duane "Dog" Chapman and his family's fugitive recovery business, CMT has given series orders to Dog, an unscripted entry that puts a focus on the bail industry. CMT has ordered 10 hour-long episodes of the series, which will see Dog the Bounty Hunter and Beth Chapman shift gears and assist other mom-and-pop bail bond agencies who may be facing extinction because of bad legislation, untrained or ineffective bounty hunters. More

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