PBUS News Update
Sep. 4, 2014

PBUS Home Office is Moving!

The new PBUS home office address:
Professional Bail Agents of the United States
801 N. Magnolia Avenue, Suite 418
Orlando, FL 32803

Plan to release low-level Miami-Dade inmates on GPS monitors to save over $1 million a year
Miami Herald
Authorities are hoping to slash Miami-Dade's jail population by up to 20 percent — and save over $1 million a year — by allowing low-level offenders to opt for a satellite-tracking ankle monitor instead of posting a bond. The plan will only affect nonviolent defendants who have already been granted a total bail bond of $7,500 or less. More

Bail bondsmen say violent confrontations rare
The Associated Press via WANE-TV
Incidents in which a confrontation with a bail jumper ends in violence are an extreme rarity, area bail bondsmen say. Recently, three people were shot — one fatally — in Indiana when three state-licensed recovery agents attempted to arrest a wanted man at a residence.More

What it takes to become a recovery agent
Following the recent triple shooting involving a recovery agent — what used to be known as a bounty hunter — we're digging deeper into what it takes to become one. People who run a couple of Indiana bail bonds businesses say most of their recovery agents were police officers, state troopers or military police at one point.More

Suit: Bail changes will put bondsmen out of business
The Morning Call
Saying new rules will make it more difficult for them to do business, a group of Allentown, Pennsylvania, bail bondsmen is suing to stop the changes scheduled to go into effect in September. The new Lehigh County Court rules would force bail bondsmen to place $1 for every $6 of bail money they issue to defendants in an escrow account overseen by the Court of Common Pleas. Currently, they don't have to post any collateral.More

Judge: Deputies used entrapment in Florida sting
Orlando Sentinel
An Osceola County, Florida, judge threw out all charges in an April Fool's Day sting that led to the arrests of residents who were either homeless or poor. Circuit Judge Jon B. Morgan dismissed felony theft charges against seven defendants after ruling the Osceola County Sheriff's Office entrapped them by leaving $350 cash hanging out of a purse at a bus stop.More

GPS device may protect domestic violence victims
Somerset County is starting a first of its kind program in Maine that will make people charged with domestic assault wear a GPS monitoring device. More

Bounty hunters under scrutiny by Idaho woman
A Nampa, Idaho, woman has brought a complaint against a local bail bonds company alleging that bounty hunters used too much force when they brought in her brother. More