PBUS News Update
Jun. 13, 2013

Important Conference Sessions
Next month's PBUS conference, July 28–31, will give you MORE help in fighting pretrial in your state. Starting off with a ‘must-see’ General Session by Dr. Robert Morris, author of The Dallas Study, entitled "Pretrial Release Mechanisms in Dallas County, Texas — Differences in Failure to Appear (FTA) Recidivism/Pretrial Misconduct and Associated Costs of FTA." This session will give you information and statistics that you can use.

The study was conducted on behalf of the Dallas County Criminal Justice Advisory Board. You will hear from Dr. Morris that the study results clearly show that felony defendants not released on commercial bail were 39–56 percent more likely to fail to appear in court and FTA for misdemeanors were similar at 26–32 percent. You will also hear that his study suggests that commercial bonds were the most successful in terms of defendant appearance rates.

The session will be followed by another session on "How to Challenge Pretrial Advocates: The Fallacies of Their Risk Analysis" with Dennis Bartlett and Nick Wachinski. This session will cover in great detail what is wrong with the risk analysis and the resulting fallacies in the arguments that pretrial is using everywhere.More

Bail bonds company discovers credit card scam
The San Francisco Appeal
A woman who used a fraudulent credit card to post bail has been linked to a credit card fraud operation at a home in San Francisco's Forest Knolls neighborhood, police said. After the suspect, who is believed to be about 30 years old, used the fraudulent card to post bail, the bail bond company tracked her to a home. The unnamed woman, however, is still at large, with limited information being made available by authorities at this time.More

Florida woman wanted on bond revocation caught by bail bondsman
Ocala StarBanner
Robert Fox, the owner of Foxy Bail Bonds, said he received information that Jennifer Grace Balliet, 31, was going to meet someone at a fast-food restaurant in Ocala, Fla., and later planned to flee to New Jersey. More

Fire torches Able Bail Bonds of Kennewick, Wash.
Firefighters from three cities as well as Benton County, Wash., responded to the blaze. Crews were able to put out the flames before they spread to nearby buildings. Luckily nobody was hurt. Kennewick Fire Department is still investigating the cause of that fire.More

Electronic monitoring of Colorado parolees has pitfalls
Canon City Daily Record
A Denver Post review of parolee cases and monitoring data from a seven month period found that serious alerts sometimes went unheeded until it was too late, even as the system generated thousands of false and minor notifications.More

Tennessee jail overcrowding lawsuit pushes to forefront again
Knoxville News Sentinel
U.S. District Judge Thomas Phillips has ordered Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and Knoxville, Tenn., Mayor Madeline Rogero to form a task force to debate the merits of constructing an alternative to jail for arrestees whose crimes are confined to addiction and mental illness.More

Instead of detention, undocumented immigrants electronically monitored
Miami Herald
When Rojas recently showed up for his weekly check-in at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Miramar, Fla., agents placed an electronic monitor on his right ankle. Now he doesn't know if or when it will be removed.More

Making money: The bail bond business
The New Yorker
In the broadest sense, the bail-bond business is simple. You get arrested for a crime: a robbery, for example. A judge sets your bail — the money you have to pay if you want to be released before your court date — at maybe $15,000. You get the money back if you show up at court when you're supposed to, and forfeit it if you don’t. More