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New NC bail bondsman training law blocked by judge
The Associated Press via the San Francisco Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A Wake County, N.C., judge blocked enforcement of a new law that gave the training and continuing education of North Carolina bail bond agents to a single trade group, calling the new restrictions an unconstitutional monopoly. Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens ruled in favor of the parent company of the North Carolina Bail Academy — the newcomer to the training field — and issued a preliminary injunction that prevents the law from being carried out. The law's implementation date was Oct. 1. More

The war on public safety
American Bail Coalition    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Whether consumers realize it or not, there is currently a war being waged in the criminal justice system: a war being waged by government funded programs on a private industry. Over the past few months, The Justice Policy Institute has released two separate whitepapers designed to criticize and attack the commercial bail bonding industry, or "Money Bail" system, as they refer to it. More

New benefit for PBUS members    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Follow the path to, which has been established to support the efforts of all Skip-Tracers through education, training and networking opportunities. The distinctive nature of the Skip-Tracing profession, with its uncommon challenges and rewards, deserves a forum in which we can congregate to discuss new products, ideas, regulations, problem cases—anything that can benefit from the input of many viewpoints, while fostering the development of all. The purpose is to promote the participation and training of skip-tracers everywhere, and for that reason: Membership in this forum is FREE to all PBUS Members! More

Google search reveals true identity of suspect in Navy charity scam
CNN    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A bored U.S. marshal using Google connected an alleged scam artist arrested this year under an alias to a lawyer who disappeared decades ago before he was indicted on federal fraud charges. The suspect in a fake charity scam that stole millions in donations intended for Navy veterans is also wanted by the FBI for questioning in a spy case, federal officials said. When U.S. marshals arrested "Bobby Thompson" five months ago, they said they knew he was using a fake name. He's been held in the Cuyahoga County, Ohio, jail since then. More

Pennsylvania county bail bondsman strikes deal to settle dispute
over bail forfeiture

The Patriot-News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A deal struck in Dauphin County, Pa., court will save the embattled license of a midstate bail bondsman. The short version is that bondsman James Fabie will pay $3,500 to settle a dispute over a $25,000 bail forfeiture for a client who went on the lam. It helped that Fabie was able to track down the alleged bail jumper, a drug case defendant named Rudolf Zigray, and arrange for his delivery to the doorstep of the courthouse. More

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Florida AG confirms PC surveillance tool investigation
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DesignerWare, a software development firm that created a surveillance tool used by rent-to-own businesses to spy on their customers, is the subject of at least one ongoing Florida investigation into its activities. Recently, DesignerWare and seven rent-to-own businesses agreed to settle – without admitting any wrongdoing – a Federal Trade Commission complaint that they'd spied on their customers, capturing "intimate activities" via webcam as well as copies of customers' bank account and medical information via screen grabs. More

Washington state prison crowding addressed in independent report
The Oregonian    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new, $230 million prisoner reception facility in Grand Mound, Wash., could be the most viable option for dealing with over-crowding in prisons across the state, according to a recent report from Olympia-based Criminal Justice Planning Services. Nearly 1,200 additional male inmates and 91 fewer female inmates will require housing in the state’s prison system during the next ten years, according to the June 2012 caseload forecast. By 2022, DOC anticipates a shortage of more than 1,100 beds for male prisoners, 900 of which would be in medium security facilities. More

Customs agent admits allowing fugitive brother-in-law into US
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer admitted in a plea agreement that he allowed a fugitive to enter the country and covered the man's tracks by entering false information in a law enforcement database. Thomas Silva, 33, a nine-year veteran of the agency, was working at the San Ysidro, Calif., border crossing when he allowed the fugitive, his brother-in-law, into the country and then entered inaccurate license plate information into a database that records entries into the U.S. More

Upcoming events

The Professional Bondsmen of Texas 2012 Annual Conference is scheduled for Oct. 24-27 at South Shore Harbour Resort in League City, Texas. The convention gives you four days of learning, networking, professional growth opportunities and fun that will help you do your job better. From expert-led interactive sessions to one-on-one conversations with your peers, you’ll leave ready to tackle your biggest challenges and better serve your clients.

Mississippi Bail Agents Association Fall General Assembly will be Oct 9 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Whispering Woods Hotel & Conference Center located in Olive Branch, Miss.

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