PBUS News Update
May. 29, 2014

Message from the President
Scott G. Hall


Registration for the 2014 Mid-Year Meeting is underway, and I want to thank those who have completed the registration process.

Remember: Please make sure you sign-in as a member before registering to get the member conference rates! If you are not yet a PBUS member, I encourage you to join our national association and network with bail agents across the country.

I want to take this opportunity to welcome back a friend to PBUS – Melanie Ledgerwood. Melanie is coming back to PBUS as our Association Manager and will help lead PBUS through our conferences and other Association initiatives. Melanie was instrumental in helping PBUS to have one of the most successful winter conferences this past February during a challenging transition period and we are extremely excited to have her back with PBUS! Melanie “officially” begins June 1, 2014.

We also have exciting news regarding the 2015 Winter Conference, Expo and Membership Meeting. PBUS is going back to the Luxor Casino and Hotel for our winter conference, which will be held February 22-25, 2015. The Luxor is offering room rates of $45 per night for the main conference dates and $99 to $119 per night pre-and-post conference nights. Special rates will also be extended for suites from $95 to $295 mid-week, $149 to $349 on Friday and $169 to $369 on Saturday. These are the lowest conference rates in memory! PBUS also has an option on the Luxor for 2016. Exciting things continue to happen with PBUS and we thank all of you for your support in continuing to grow and strengthen your national association. Continued thanks to the PBUS Board of Directors for their dedication and work in making our conferences successful, as we couldn’t do this without them!

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Florida brothers seek to keep Palmetto Commission a family affair
Bradenton Herald
Ward 1 Commissioner Charles Smith will give up his city commissioner seat to run for the District 2 seat on the Manatee County Board of Commissioners. With Charles leaving city office to run for county commissioner, his brother, Harold Smith, filed papers May 15 for Ward 1 commissioner. A bail bondsman with Smitty Bail Bonds in Palmetto for 10 years, Harold said he is prepared to hold office. He cited experience with the city's agricultural side by working in the fields and volunteering with youth sports. More

Bondsman 1 of 9 running to be Las Vegas 'top cop'
KLAS-TV
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Audit: Dallas County officers mishandled 70 percent of probation violations
The Dallas Morning News
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A start to solving prison overcrowding in Nebraska
Fremont Tribune
Major prison reform in Nebraska was prompted by the fact that the state's prison system holds so many inmates, it is currently at 155 percent of its original design capacity. The murder of four people in Omaha in 2014, by now-convicted Nikko Jenkins who had been recently released from prison as a result of Nebraska's "good time" law, also contributed to the debate about reforming our prison system. More

Chicago teen already on electronic monitoring during alleged shooting
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The evolution of electronic monitoring devices
NPR
Nearly 50 years since it was first designed by social psychology students at Harvard, the electronic monitoring device has become a significant part of the criminal justice system. More popularly associated with law-breaking celebrities like Paris Hilton or Martha Stewart, the electronic ankle bracelet has been used to track hundreds of thousands of sex offenders, DUI offenders, people free on bail and others.More

Mississippi's 2014 corrections and criminal justice reform
The Pew Charitable Trusts
In 2014, Mississippi enacted sentencing and corrections reforms that place it at the forefront of states employing research-driven criminal justice policies to produce a greater public safety return on corrections spending. The Corrections and Criminal Justice Task Force, a bipartisan, interbranch group of state and local officials, developed the reform package, H.B. 585, and The Pew Charitable Trusts provided intensive technical assistance. More

Tennessee reintroduces electric chair executions
The Associated Press via PoliceOne
While the national debate regarding the viability of lethal injections as a means to carry out a death sentence, the state of Tennessee is rolling back the clock with a not-so-new alternative — the electic chair. This is thanks to a piece of legislation recently signed into law by Gov. Bill Haslam. More