PBUS News Update
Sep. 6, 2012

Louisiana inmates return to city jail after hurricane
The Times-Picayune
Busloads of Orleans Parish inmates returned to the New Orleans jail. The Orleans Parish sheriff's office reports that 1,064 inmates evacuated in advance of Hurricane Isaac were coming back to the city. The inmates who were moved out of the city by Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman had been housed in the jail's temporary facilities: a building opened earlier this year and several tents.More

Skip-tracers national certification program
Professional Bail Agents of the United States
The Professional Bail Agents of the United States has added a new benefit for its active members. The Skip-Tracers National Certification Program, voted in the top 25 continuing education programs by PINOW.COM, combines tried-and-true, old-school skip-tracing techniques with the best of today's technology.More

Georgia jail test asks inmates to try to break out of their cells
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Fulton County Jail in Georgia is running a contest that actually encourages inmates to pick cell door locks. Any inmate who can compromise new cell door locks will get free food and personal hygiene items from the commissary – all used as forms of currency inside jails. The jail is testing new locks to see if they will keep inmates inside their cells.More

20 things you should have in your surveillance vehicle
Pursuit Magazine
Being prepared for just about anything is the name of the game when conducting surveillance. Different types of surveillance may require more preparation than other types, but regardless of the type, there are many basic items that every investigator should have in the vehicle.More

Officials: Texas prison system needs $6 billion budget
The Associated Press via Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas prison officials warned that the 10 percent budget cut recommended by state leaders would cost thousands of jobs in the nation's largest prison system and likely threaten public safety. Department of Criminal Justice officials unveiled a roughly $6.3 billion proposed budget for fiscal 2014 and 2015, up from about $6.1 billion in the previous two-year spending cycle. More

Bail bonds, baseball mix in Southern California
Media Post
In San Diego, an ad for Aladdin Bail Bonds appears behind home plate once a game during home Padres baseball games – 81 times a season – ready for capture by Fox Sports San Diego and other networks' cameras. Aladdin is pleased how its ads have raised its profile. They get noticed – Joe Giansante, who runs media operations, refers to them as "the bright body suit walking down Madison Avenue." More

Police: Motorist posed as federal agent, drew gun on another driver
Florida Today
A Palm Bay, Fla., man was arrested after police say he impersonated a federal agent and drew a handgun on a driver at a stoplight in a road rage incident. Pablo "Paul" Mendez Jr., 53, faces charges of aggravated assault and impersonating an officer while committing a felony and other charges stemming from the incident.More

Death row murderer leads police to remains of victims from decades-old killing spree
Fox News
A convicted killer has been allowed to leave his death row cell to help lead police to the remains of victims of his killing spree decades ago. Convicted murderer Wesley Shermantine was released recently from California's San Quentin State Prison to help investigators locate more victims near his family's property in the town of Linden, Calif., Fox 40 News reports.More

Texas man pushes for reform after exoneration in wife's death
Longview News-Journal
After almost 25 years locked in prison, wrongfully convicted of killing his wife, one man is pushing legislators to punish prosecutors who are found guilty of misconduct. For the first time since his release, Michael Morton spoke to a crowd about his time in prison and his work defending those who, he believes, have been mistreated by prosecutors.More

Growing electronic-monitoring program keeps tabs on criminals' whereabouts
The Island Packet
It's Bill Normoyle's job to keep criminal defendants who wear electronic-monitoring ankle bracelets on their toes. So the Offender Management Services supervisor in South Carolina has devised a little game – he calls them on the phone to remind them he's tracking their every move.More

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Professional Bail Agents of the United States
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