PBUS News Update
Jun. 18, 2015

Message from the President
Scott G. Hall
2015 Mid-Year Breakout Session Summaries:
'I Didn't Know That!' Bail Laws Throughout the US

What makes a "good bail state?" What makes a "bad bail state?"

How come a bond that would be perfect in your own jurisdiction is a disaster when it's posted somewhere else as a transfer bond?

We will discuss interesting laws in particular states throughout the country — some that may be unusual, unique, or flat-out crazy. What you don't know can hurt you. You may be a risk of having to pay the entire bond forfeiture even when you timely return your fugitive to justice.

A panel of experts from the bail industry will talk informally and openly about current and past legislative efforts in different jurisdictions across the country — things that worked, and others that didn't go quite as planned.

The guaranteed room rate at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort ends this Thursday, June 18, 2015; after this date rooms will be at the prevailing rate. The early-bird conference fee has also ended but you still have time for one more discount! Register by June 28, 2015 by 5 p.m. EST to get a second conference registration discount. To make your hotel reservation click here. To register for the conference click here.

Looking forward to another successful PBUS mid-year meeting! See you in Colorado!More

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Bail in America: A push for reform
The New York Times
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Rethinking bail: Protecting the public and the pocketbook
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New York prison worker Joyce Mitchell charged with helping inmates escape
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The American bounty hunter becomes an endangered species
It's just after 4 p.m., and the late-afternoon clouds have grown dark with rain. Fast-witted and sharp-tongued Tushina Crum, 31 years old, has spent the whole day with her petite, pierced junior partner, Ileana Zamudio, pounding on doors in search of a man we'll call Daniel. The women finally have a promising lead. More