PBUS News Update
Sep. 13, 2012

Bail agents group files lawsuit to fight new North Carolina law
The News & Observer
A company that trains North Carolina bail bondsmen will soon be forced out of business because of a new law, but the owners aren't going down without a fight. Lynette Thompson is a partner at the Rockford-Cohen Group, which founded the N.C. Bail Academy in January last year to compete with the N.C. Bail Agents Association, a longstanding provider of training required to become a bondsman or retain a license that previously operated without competition. Thompson has filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction to delay the law's effective date so her company can continue providing training.More

Missouri high court mulls cash-only bail requirements
CBS News
The Missouri Supreme Court considered whether criminal defendants can be required to pay cash to be released from jail before trial. Many who are arrested can be released from jail after posting bond. Judges also have set cash-only bail that requires defendants to pay the full sum in order to be released.More

Scammer targeting Tennessee businesses with 'bail bond' ploy
Knoxville News-Sentinel
Authorities are searching for a suspect who is posing as a law enforcement officer with a unique "bail bond scam" that has targeted a half-dozen Knoxville, Tenn., businesses recently. Calling fast food restaurants, the male scam artist claims to be a police officer or sheriff's deputy, said Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk. He tells employees that he has arrested their boss for illegal drug possession during traffic stop, but the boss doesn't have enough cash to make bail, DeBusk explained.More

Some Texas felony defendants get out of jail on the cheap
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
More than 8,800 criminal defendants in Tarrant County, Texas have walked out of jail in 2 1/2 years on a cut-rate bond that county officials say is reserved for the likes of the homemaker, the family man and the working stiff. These defendants are unlikely to flee or pose a danger to others, the county says. So instead of lingering in jail until their court dates, the suspects are released on a personal bond that is a fraction of what they would have paid a bondsman. More

Judges leery of no-cost personal bonds
Houston Chronicle
Whether the charge is robbery, shoplifting or drug use, most people arrested in Harris County, Texas stay in jail because they can't afford to post bail. That's largely because the conservative county and its judges have been reluctant to grant no-cost personal bonds that are increasingly popular in other large metropolitan areas in Texas, say attorneys, judges and those in the bail bond industry.More

Oregon slaying underscores jail's overcrowding problem
The Associated Press via The Bulletin
The suspect in a fatal shooting of a Salem, Ore., man was released from the Marion County Jail less than one month before, once again drawing attention to the jail that officials say is overcrowded and underfunded. Last year, almost 14,000 offenders came through the Marion County Jail, although the facility has capacity only for 405. The Salem Statesman Journal reports that means correctional staff weigh the relative risks of potential inmates daily in making release decisions.More

What small businesses need to know about data breaches
Business News Daily
Data breaches can cost small businesses in a big way. From losing money and information to losing the trust of your customers, data breaches affect small businesses in a variety of ways. As bigger businesses are able to improve their defenses against these breaches, it is leaving small businesses more vulnerable to attacks. More

2 Texas prisons to get phone restriction devices
The Associated Press via Yahoo News
Two Texas prisons that have had serious problems with cellphones being smuggled to inmates are getting electronic help to block phone calls coming from inside the lockups. The new "managed access system" will allow calls from inside only to approved numbers, according to Texas Department of Criminal Justice Executive Director Brad Livingston. More

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Professional Bail Agents of the United States
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