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DA's decision not to extradite bail-jumper
in Nevada child porn case mystifies bondsman

Las Vegas Sun    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A Nevada district attorney's decision not to seek extradition of a man alleged to have possessed child pornography is puzzling a bail bondsman and a Clark County, Nev., commissioner, especially since the bondsman wants to pay all extradition-related expenses. "Spending a few thousand dollars is a lot better than losing all $27,000," said Gino Caruso, owner of Goodfellas Bail Bonds in Las Vegas. More

Fugitive's Facebook taunts land him behind bars
MCT Information Services via Pocono Record    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Scott Binsack spent Thanksgiving behind bars, and most likely away from a keyboard. The fugitive who taunted pursuers and critics through Facebook and YouTube was caught by surprise in Bath, N.Y., by U.S. marshals and other authorities. Binsack was previously convicted of fraud and writing bad checks in New York and the Pocono area of Pennsylvania. Binsack failed to appear for a meeting with parole officials Oct. 25 and was declared an absconder. More

Man wanted for 2009 arrest in Massachusetts busted in Maine
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A former Natick, Mass., man who skipped his arraignment for his fifth drunken driving charge three years ago was ordered held without bail after police in Maine arrested him as a fugitive. Richard P. Manning, 47, had three warrants from Natick District Court since he skipped court in October 2009 on a drunken driving charge. More

Was Maine suspect ready to run? Prosecutor thought so
Kennebec Journal via Portland Press Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Federal prosecutors argued James Cameron, who is now the subject of a nationwide manhunt, was a flight risk when they indicted him on child pornography charges in Maine in 2009, but a U.S. District Court judge the following year found no evidence the former prosecutor would flee while he appealed his conviction. Cameron, who was convicted on 13 counts the next year and sentenced to 16 years in federal prison, was released by a federal appeals court in August 2011, pending his appeal. While free on bail, he cut off his electronic monitoring bracelet and fled from his house hours after learning that seven of his appeals had been rejected and he was likely going back to prison. More

Report: Louisiana parish sheriff's GPS monitoring program weak
on juveniles, understaffed

The Times-Picayune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The electronic monitoring program run by Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman's office is understaffed and hamstrung by limp enforcement that leaves juvenile offenders with little to fear, according to a report. The 14-page report by the Corrections Technology Center of Excellence found numerous systemic problems with a program that oversees about 100 juveniles and adults assigned electronic monitors in Orleans Parish. More

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It's my job: Erick Taylor, bail surety agent
The Fayetteville Observer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Erick Taylor, a bail surety agent, in the Cape Fear area of North Carolina, was profiled recently in a newspaper article. In describing his job, he said, "You're sort of like a probation officer, deputy sheriff and U.S. marshal all rolled in one. You bail people out of jail and you monitor them until their court date, but you also have the authority to relock them up for violations while out on bail. And you can go anywhere except Mexico to do that, to lock them back up." More

In suicide note, suspect claims innocence; DA upholds case against him
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VideoBrief A few weeks after a GOP activist who had been charged with raping several women was found dead in his Utah cabin, his suicide note was released to the public. Gregory Peterson was released from jail after posting his $2 million bail. A few days later, a bail bondsman from All Out Bonds, the bail bond company that aided Peterson with the bail, found the man dead from a gunshot wound in the head in the Heber City, Utah, cabin. More

New Mexico county plans to release prisoners
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VideoBrief Bernalillo County, N.M., commissioners are considering a plan to release hundreds of prisoners from the county jail. The proposal is for the county to purchase another 300 ankle bracelets, so more low-risk prisoners can be released with electronic monitoring. The county is already capable of monitoring 200 inmates who are released that way. More

Ohio prison officials underwhelmed by impact of legislation
The Associated Press via WOUB Public Media    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
An Ohio prison official says reductions in the state's inmate population have not come as quickly as they anticipated after new legislation aimed at addressing overcrowding. A 2011 bill promised to reduce the state prison population by 3,500 and save taxpayers up to $46.2 million by fiscal year 2015. But Linda Janes, chief of staff with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, tells The Newark Advocate that officials are underwhelmed by the impact so far. More

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