PBUS News Update
Mar. 7, 2013

Report shows the changing face of federal pretrial detention
Department of Justice
The number of federal defendants whose cases were disposed, but who were detained pretrial, nearly quadrupled between fiscal years 1995 and 2010, according to a recent Bureau of Justice Statistics study. The total jumped 184 percent, from 27,004 in 1995 to 76,589 in 2010, according to the study. Researchers for the study analyzed trends in defendant release and examined relationships between types of charges and pretrial detainment. "Growth in the number of pretrial detentions was driven primarily by immigration caseloads, which increased by 664 percent, from 5,103 cases in 1995 to 39,001 in 2010," researchers wrote. The total number of defendants with disposed cases more than double during the time period, from 45,635 to 100,622. More

World War II veteran inducted into PBUS Hall of Fame
PBUS
Leo Duchoumelle, 92, a World War II veteran and true American hero, was inducted into the Professional Bail Agents of the United States Hall of Fame during the PBUS 2013 Winter Conference. Duchoumelle received three Purple Hearts for his incredible service to our country. He became a bail agent at 60, still writes bail today and is a PBUS member. He now represents the best of the best in our Hall of Fame.More

More offenders tampering with GPS monitoring devices
KCOY-TV
California law enforcement agencies are confronted with a growing new dimension in "alternative sentencing" solutions meant to ease state prison and county jail overcrowding. More offenders are choosing to remove or disable their GPS electronic monitoring ankle devices believing there is little risk of being sent back to jail or prison due to the overcrowding. The mostly hard plastic devices cost nearly $2,000 a piece and transmit a signal that allows authorities to track the movements of offenders wearing it. The devices are easy to cut off but an alarm is triggered when it happens or when offenders wander near areas where they are prohibited by law.More

Sequestration puts spotlight on America's dangerously crowded federal prisons
ACLU
Talk about worrying about the symptom instead of the cause: Attorney General Eric Holder recently sent a letter to U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., and chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, warning of the devastating effect budget cuts will have on the Federal Bureau of Prisons if sequestration moves forward. His letter paints a scary picture, and Holder's concerns are legitimate, but he's not talking about the real problem: our federal prison population completely is out of control. How did we get to this point? More

Prosecutor pushes re-entry tool kit to stop prisons' revolving door
MyNorthwest.com
When somebody is released from prison, there's a strong chance that they will be back behind bars within just a few years. Now, the prosecutors who put them away are hoping to stop the revolving prison door. The people who prosecute the offenders usually just move on to the next case with little thought of what happens when the bad guy gets out. King County, Wash., Prosecutor Dan Satterberg thinks that's a failure in the system and he wants to change that. About 8,000 people get out of state prison each year. He told the Seattle City Council that prisoner re-entry into society should be part of the mission of the criminal justice system. More

Offender workforce development specialists discuss post-release outcomes of ex-offenders
Federal Probation Journal
The following article highlights the findings of a program evaluation that used post-release outcome information, among other sources, to determine the effect of the National Institute of Correction's Offender Workforce Development Specialist program as it was implemented by the Kansas Department of Corrections. Although the focal point of the OWDS program is the specialists who provide an array of services to the offender population as they prepare for release, this evaluation relied heavily upon information directly related to the offenders.More

Ohio prisons agency: Record low number of inmates returning after release
The Associated Press via The Republic
The number of inmates returning to Ohio prisons upon release has hit a new low, a trend the state attributes to a focus on keeping inmates in the community and the involvement of groups that work with inmates before their release. The drop comes even when the number of people serving time for drug and property offenses has risen in the state, despite efforts to reduce the numbers of low-level offenders in prison. A three-year review of inmates released in 2009 found that only 29 percent returned to prison, compared with the previous low of 31 percent, said Gary Mohr, director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.More