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As 2012 comes to a close, PBUS would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the PBUS News Update a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume next Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013.

Pretrial services fails again: Time to tell the truth
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From Aug. 16: If you have picked up a paper recently you probably have seen story after story about crowded jails. Too many crimes being committed, but not enough jail cells to house those that break the law. So, you are probably wondering why the jails are crowded. More

Tennessee fugitive costs bond companies big money
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From Aug. 2: When Gene Beck disappeared last July, right before his plea deal in Rutherford County, Tenn., on child rape charges, he cost several bail bonds companies large sums of money. Beck was out of jail on a $1 million bond in Rutherford County and several bond companies took on that liability. More

Prosecutors: Jail phone transcripts show Zimmerman, wife talking finances in code
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From June 21: Despite telling the court they were indigent, George Zimmerman and his wife discussed — in code, according to prosecutors — money raised online to help in his defense on second-degree murder charges, jailhouse phone calls released recently show. Prosecutors had claimed the Zimmermans lied about their financial means before a Florida judge set his bond, which the suspect then posted to get out of jail. Zimmerman, accused in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, is now back behind bars after the judge revoked his bail, citing the misrepresentations.

Pretrial release agencies: Bail bond myths? Propaganda? Or just misguided fantasy?
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From Nov. 15: The Pretrial Justice Institute once again has decided to put time, effort and more likely than not, your tax dollars into disseminating anti-bail propaganda to try to discredit the commercial bail bond industry. For those of you who don't know who PJI is, they are the leading advocate for the elimination of all commercial bail in every instance of release pending trial. More

Official: Trap in Colorado suspect's home had 30 homemade grenades, gasoline
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From July 26: The suspect in last week's deadly shooting rampage at a crowded Colorado movie theater booby trapped his apartment with more than 30 homemade grenades and 10 gallons of gasoline, a law enforcement official who viewed video from inside the apartment told CNN. The sophisticated set up at the sparsely furnished Aurora, Colo., home of James E. Holmes was meant to harm, or possibly kill, anyone who entered — and tested the skills of bomb squad members charged with clearing it. More

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Utah bounty hunter coordinates arrest of fugitives in Mexico
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From Nov. 21: Two Utah fugitives wanted on thousands of dollars in felony drug warrants were arrested in Mexico after an intense high-speed chase that came after cooperation between the U.S. and Mexican governments and a bail enforcement agent. Jacqui Randall and Lorin Fiene were arrested for allegedly selling meth out of their Layton, Utah, home, but after bailing out of jail, police say they skipped out on their bond and made a run for the Mexican border. New cooperation between Davis County drug officers, U.S. Marshals, Mexican police and the work of Jim Elliot, a Utah bail enforcement agent, helped crack the case. More

Pennsylvania county bail bondsman strikes deal to settle dispute over bail forfeiture
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From Oct. 4: 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

Utah suspect found dead days after making $2 million bail
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From Oct. 25: Greg Peterson, a GOP activist who was charged with raping several women, was found dead in his Wasatch County, Utah cabin. In a press conference, Wasatch County Sheriff Todd Bonner said Peterson's body was found by a bail bondsman in one of the cabin's upstairs bedrooms. He had a gunshot wound to the head. More

Phoenix police arrest convicted criminal accused of attacking bail bondsmen
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From Aug. 9: Phoenix police arrested a convicted criminal accused of attacking bail bondsmen with his vehicle on two separate occasions. Officers were called to an office building for an unknown disturbance. They arrived to discover that a bail bondsman and his partner had gone to the location after learning that Thomas Morgan, 57, would be in the area. More

Prison realignment has California bail bondsmen posting fewer bails
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From June 21: Bail bondsmen say they're being put out of work by California's prison realignment law. The state is sending more offenders to county jails instead of prison. Local bail bondsmen say they're writing fewer misdemeanor bails, because the county jail doesn't have room for those cases More

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