PBUS News Update
May. 30, 2013

North Carolina bail bonds education law still controversial
The Bail Blog
As it's written, the law requires all of the state's bail bonds agents receive continuing education form the NC Bail Agents Association. That business, now-former Rep. Robert Brawley points out, belongs to the family of a Republican legislator.More

2013 PBUS mid-year meeting update
Meet with old friends and colleagues, and make new ones. Get up to date on the Dallas study and what it means to your state. Learn about the fallacies of risk assessment in pretrial arguments. Register now — early bird registration ends soon and hotel rooms are going fast! Reserve your room at the Royal Sonesta by calling 504.586.0300 and ask for the special PBUS rate.More

Texas bail bond business robbed
Amarillo Globe-News
Law enforcement in Amarillo, Texas, are investigating an armed robbery at a north Amarillo bail bond business. Police said a male victim was alone in the business when the robber approached him, demanding money. The victim told the robber he did not have any money, then the robber struck the victim in the head with his elbow and searched a nearby desk.More

Some South Carolina sex offenders can appeal monitoring
Those convicted in of child-sex crimes should have the right to challenge rulings ordering them to be electronically monitored for life, the state's highest court has ruled. Justices also said the split between offenders who could and couldn't appeal made the punishment too arbitrary.More

$1 million bail set for Washington man in baby-freezer case
Bail has been set at $1 million for Tyler James Deutsch, 25, who is accused of putting his 6-week-old daughter in a freezer for about an hour to stop her crying. Pierce County, Wash., Prosecutor Mark Lindquist says doctors believe the baby will survive but it's too soon to know potential complications.More

California "realignment" pushes national jail population up
Bureau of Justice Statistics
As of mid-year 2012, the count in city and county jails was 744,524, up from 735,601 the year before. The increase was due mostly to California's "public safety realignment" program, which shifted many inmates from state prisons to local jails starting in late 2011.More

Florida sheriff, judge trade ideas to address jail overcrowding
Tampa Bay Times
A milestone has been reached at the Pasco County, Fla., jail. With 1,550 inmates, the facility had its highest head count ever. That's 374 more prisoners than the number of permanent beds on the first two floors of the facility. "Is it a crisis? Yes," said Maj. Ed Beckman. "When you have 1,550 prisoners backed in an area designed to hold 1,200, there are problems."More

Questions to ask a California bail bondsman
The Bail Blog
Most people will go their entire lives without being asked to help arrange bail bonds for a friend. It is not uncommon for people to be unfamiliar with how the process works. If you have started your search online you may have learned that the cost to purchase bail bonds in California is set according to state law. No matter where in the state a person is taken into custody the cost to hire a bondsman will be 10 percent of their bail amount. More

3-D printed bullets, the latest gun control nightmare
The Inquisitr
New 3-D printed bullets have made it even more challenging for gun control supporters to corral the rise of homemade arsenals. Though the new "bullets" may not be as effective as the real thing, the bottom line is that they get the job done.More