PBUS News Update
Feb. 12, 2015

Message from the President
Scott G. Hall

We will soon meet at the PBUS 2015 Winter Conference, Membership Meeting & Expo beginning Feb. 22, 2015!

We are diligently working on our conference app where you will be able to view the schedule, speaker information, hotel information, sponsors and much more on your mobile devices. The conference app download instructions will be on our website early next week and published in next week's edition of the PBUS News Update.

See you soon in Las Vegas at the beautiful Luxor Casino and Resort!More

Inside the Koch campaign to reform criminal justice
The Huffington Post
Koch Industries Inc., the corporation led by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch, is holding discussions with a coalition of strange bedfellows to tackle criminal justice reform. In conversations with people like Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, and organizations like the ACLU, the Koch brothers are homing in on reducing overcriminalization and mass incarceration, as well as reforming practices like civil forfeiture. Progressives, rather than giving the Kochs the stink eye, are welcoming their efforts. More

Need to make bail? GoFundMe is a modern day bail bondsman
Thanks to crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter and GoFundMe, actor Zach Braff got 46,520 fans to give him more than $3 million to make a Hollywood film. And a guy from Ohio, named Zack Danger Brown, jokingly asked for $60 to make potato salad and ended up raising more than $55,000 from strangers. So it shouldn't be too surprising that a lot of people are using GoFundMe to raise bail money for their loved ones.More

From notification to bounty hunters
Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter
In a procedural flurry, the Senate Corrections and Juvenile Justice committee passed two bills and heard a third. The committee unanimously passed Senate Bills 12 and 13 and heard testimony on Senate Bill 90. When a convict is released from confinement by the Department of Corrections, Senate Bill 13 would allow the department to notify the victim of the release. Also, after four amendments the committee passed Senate Bill 12, which would increase sentences for battery and aggravated battery against judges, attorneys and court services officers.More

GPS ankle monitoring for domestic violence offenders clears House committee
The idea that domestic violence offenders should wear GPS ankle monitors after their release cleared its first hurdle — a House Judiciary Committee meeting — at the state capitol in Santa Fe.More

Legislation seeks to eliminate setting of bail for Maine defendants
Portland Press Herald
An Auburn lawmaker is proposing a bill to eliminate Maine's cash bail system and replace it with a risk assessment model that would allow low-risk individuals to be released until their criminal charges are resolved.More

Orleans Sheriff agrees to temporarily oversee electronic monitoring
Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman has said he'll hand over control of the parish's electronic monitoring program at the end of the month. After that, the program which has faced scrutiny in recent years, the New Orleans Police Department or a private company may track offenders ahead of their trials.More

Fugitive treasure hunter to remain behind bars in Florida
The Associated Press via ABC News
A deep-sea treasure hunter was ordered Wednesday to remain behind bars in Florida while his extradition process is delayed and his former investors press for details on what happened to millions of dollars in gold he found in a historic shipwreck.More

Service top priority for new bail bond company
Insurance News Net
When Scott Eyth decided to open a bail bond company, he wanted it to be different from others — and that started with setting up the main office in the middle of Aiken's south side.More