PBUS News Update
May. 21, 2015

Message from the President
Scott G. Hall

Tip of the week:
Do you want to save some money on your conference registration? Conference rates for the mid-year meeting will go up in about three weeks — the early-bird deadline ends at 5 p.m. EST on Friday, June 12, 2015!

Have you made your room reservation yet for the Mid-Year meeting at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs? We are now at 68 percent of our room block. Make your reservation here or call 800-588-0250. Register for the mid-year meeting here!

We look forward to seeing you in Colorado Springs, Colorado.More

State Association News

Monday, June 1, 2015: OBA board meeting and annual membership meeting at 2:00 p.m. located at OBA, 222 Northeast 27th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73105.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015: CE #1 at the Reed Conference Center (Midwest City). More

Bail bondsmen: Lending a helping hand where others won't
Daily Herald
Bail bondsmen often get a bad rep, as they are often times what stand between a possible felon and society. But as many will attest, their role is integral to the constitution and the criminal justice process.More

Bikers jailed under $1 million bonds
Waco Tribune-Herald
The more than 170 members of biker gangs that Waco law enforcement officials say were involved in a deadly biker gang shootout Sunday at Twin Peaks won't be going anywhere soon. Justice of the Peace W.H. "Pete" Peterson set bonds for 174 gang members charged with engaging in organized criminal activity at $1 million each.More

Drug suspect foils Chesterfield authorities by putting GPS monitor on cat
A man held on a drug charge may have fled the state, and possibly the country, after he put his court-ordered GPS tracking device on a cat and vanished. Federal court papers revealed Diego Martinez-Espinoza is a Mexican national and was in the United States illegally. After his arrest on a drug charge, Espinoza was ordered to wear a GPS device. Now, investigators believe he took it off and placed it on his cat.More

State Supreme Court chief touts New Jersey's 'significant' bail reform
A year after receiving lifetime tenure on New Jersey's highest court, state Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner said Friday the state is one the verge of enacting "the most significant criminal justice reform measures" in years. More

St. Croix River stabbing suspect violated bond with tweets
The Minnesota man charged with fatally stabbing a fisherman along the St. Croix River after a verbal dispute is charged with violating the terms of his bond by tweeting about the victim.More

Home monitoring reforms signed into law
Gov. Jay Inslee recently signed a law to set basic ground rules for the use of electronic monitoring of criminals in Washington state. The legislation, introduced by state Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, was inspired in part by the "Home Free" series of reports that detailed a long list of problems with home monitoring of criminals and suspects.More

Jail overcrowding prevents Reagan County deputies from making some arrests
It's been over three years and the 96-bed jail in Reagan County still sits vacant. "When we stopped operating the county jail, we had to have a contract to house outside of Reagan County," said Reagan County Sheriff Jeff Garner.More

Man freed after 21 years in prison on murder charge
A man who had spent 21 years behind bars for a murder he says he did not commit was released from prison after a Massachusetts judge threw out his sentence, ruling that the prosecution's case was flawed. More

Activist: Jay Z and Beyoncé bailed out protesters in Baltimore and Ferguson
The Guardian
An activist and film-maker who has worked with Jay Z claims that the hip-hop star contributed "tens of thousands" of dollars to free protesters who could not pay their bail following anti-police brutality demonstrations in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri. The activist, Dream Hampton, later deleted her tweets and called them "error-ridden," but confirmed to The Guardian that Jay Z helped bail protesters out. More