PBUS News Update
Mar. 14, 2013

Winter Conference session take-aways
The 2013 Winter Conference recently was held in Las Vegas, offering numerous opportunities for bail agents and our industry. Dr. Stan Gwin, an expert in explaining our industry to local communities, led the interactive session, "What to Say to Your Community, How and Where to Say It." He offers these top five messages to get across.More

Duane 'Dog' Chapman, wife to guest star on 'Hawaii Five-0'
Yahoo TV
This sneak peek shows Duane "Dog" Chapman, America's most famous bounty hunter, and his family engaged in an action-packed scene in an upcoming episode of "Hawaii Five-0." The scene is reminiscent of Chapman's now defunct series, "Dog the Bounty Hunter," which appeared on A&E. The guest-starring opportunity is a perfect fit for Chapman, a resident of Hawaii. More

End looks near for troubled home-confinement program
Orlando Sentinel
The mayor of Orange County, Fla., has indicated that she's unlikely to reinstate the county's troubled home-confinement program. Meanwhile, records obtained by the Orlando Sentinel show prosecutors already are operating under the assumption that the program isn't coming back, and judges have been using all of the tools at their discretion to get defendants off the much-maligned monitoring.More

Is electronic monitoring worth the risk after the escape of sex offender?
Police and New York State parole officers continue to look for escaped parolee Shane Jacobs, a level 2 sex offender. Police say Jacobs cut off his electronic monitoring ankle bracelet. It was recently discovered near the Trumansburg school complex in Tompkins County prompting a lockdown of the three schools on the campus. The situation focuses attention on the electronic monitoring of criminals as part of their parole or probation.More

Outside the box: Federal judges offer addicts a free path
The New York Times
Federal judges around the country are teaming up with prosecutors to create special treatment programs for drug-addicted defendants who would otherwise face significant prison time, an effort intended to sidestep drug laws widely seen as inflexible and overly punitive. John Gleeson, a federal judge in Brooklyn, helped establish a "drug court" as an alternative to some long prison sentences. The Justice Department has tentatively embraced the new approach, allowing United States attorneys to reduce or even dismiss charges in some drug cases.More

Should we put criminals under surveillance instead of in prison?
We've reached a point in our technological development where it might be possible to imprison people without jails — just by using surveillance technology. And that's exactly what a group of researchers at DeLoitte hope to do.More

DHS freed more than 2,000 immigrants since February
The Associated Press via KOB-TV
The Department of Homeland Security released from its jails more than 2,000 undocumented immigrants facing deportation in recent weeks because of looming budget cuts, and planned to release 3,000 more during March, The Associated Press has learned. The newly disclosed figures, cited in internal budget documents reviewed by the AP, are significantly higher than the "few hundred" undocumented immigrants the Obama administration recently acknowledged had been released under the budget-savings process.More

NIJ issues 1st evaluation of adult prisoner re-entry courts
National Institute of Justice
The National Institute of Justice recently released its first of three evaluations of several federally funded adult re-entry courts. NIJ examined eight fledgling programs around the country, documenting implementation barriers, as well as policies, practices and community response. Although they are in a diverse set of locations, the NIJ study notes several commonalities among the courts, including: emphasis on post-release services, substance abuse treatment, the use of court hearings for monitoring participant progress, drug testing and a team approach to decisions on sanctions and rewards.More