PBUS News Update
Jul. 11, 2013

A bail bondsman is a voice for clients
Daily Inter Lake
The bail bonds industry is one rife with stereotypes, but at least one man is trying to change that perception. Charles Pesola owns and operates Moonlighting Bail Bonds and Moonlighting Detective and Security Services in downtown Kalispell, Mont. The 29-year-old is not, however, your average bail bondsman.More

Conference Update
The Golf Outing is on Sunday morning July 28th. This is a great opportunity for golfers, starting with coffee and pastries at the hotel then off to the Audubon Golf Club – a beautiful golf club in the heart of New Orleans. $90 covers everything including the continental breakfast and lunch! If you didn't sign up for golf before, do it now. Just call the PBUS office at 202-783-4120 and we will take your reservation. See you in New Orleans.More

Will smartphone apps change the bail bonds process?
Golden Eagle Bail Bonds
Tech-savvy protesters use smartphone apps that send alerts to their loved ones and friends advising them of an eminent arrest. This in turn affects how quickly people adjust to this unpleasant new situation and doing what they need to do next — especially securing bail.More

Common crimes that will require bail bonds
The Bail Blog
When someone is arrested by a member of law enforcement they will be handcuffed, read their Miranda Rights, placed into the back of a squad car and transported to a local jail. The defendant will be placed into a holding cell until the jailer is ready to book them into the system. This process includes several steps. More

Why bail bonds are important to the criminal justice system
Bail ensures the appearance of the opposition. When local governments outlaw help or simply just do not use it, the look rates fall. The implementation of a bail system usually returns an appearance rate of 95 to 98 percent. Pretrial release is not as effective.More

California Gov. Jerry Brown holds strong hand on prisons
Capitol Journal via Los Angeles Times
Three federal judges are trying to force Gov. Jerry Brown to release nearly 10,000 criminals from state prisons. Politically, it doesn't get much better for a governor. The judges are threatening to hold Brown in contempt of court if he refuses to free the felons. Go ahead, to paraphrase a former Carmel mayor, make his day. Fine him. More

Comeback kid: Crime on deck as political issue
The Associated Press via Minnesota Public Radio
In decades past, crime was a hot button issue — conservatives were often taking liberals to task for being too soft on crime. All of that stopped, however, as crime rates dropped in the mid-1990s. But crime is back on deck, slowly but surely taking center stage as what some Republicans call a "high potency" issue. More

Monitoring work release inmates in Florida
Tampa Bay Times
Research shows that inmates released from one of Florida's 3,000 or so work release beds are much less likely to be readmitted to prison than are inmates let straight out of prison. This means less crime, fewer victims and lower costs for taxpayers. More

Ohio approves contract for 1st alternative sentencing center in the state
The program is geared toward females with misdemeanor drug and alcohol offenses, said Brad McMonigle, vice president of Courts and Corrections services for Talbert House. Program participants will have individualized treatment plans, which follow a "very regimented" schedule and may include group meetings and one-on-one treatment sessions.More

Crowding forces some Pennsylvania jail inmates to sleep on cots in gym
Six Westmoreland County, Pa., jail inmates are bunking on cots in the women's indoor gym because some prisoners must be kept alone in cells, Sheriff Jonathan Held said. The jail can typically accommodate 100 women, but officials had to dedicate some double-occupancy cells to inmates with disciplinary problems or those on suicide watch, pushing six inmates out of cells and onto the gym cots. More

One county in New York considering jail 'pods' to ease overcrowding
Poughkeepsie Journal
Dutchess County, N.Y., is looking to add temporary buildings to the jail to alleviate overcrowding. The minimum-security structures are meant to eliminate the problems with housing out about 200 inmates per day across the state, including transportation, logistics and delayed court processes, while a county consultant determines where a new jail should be built and how big it should be.More

Private prisons expect to profit from immigration reform
Industry officials had been cautious of the legislation's impacts on the prison business, as immigration reform would decriminalize the estimated 11.1 million undocumented immigrants. But analysts predict that additional spending on border security would almost definitely "boost revenue at privately operated prisons" with private contractors snagging 80 percent of additional inmates. More