PBUS News Update
Sep. 20, 2013

Joe Palmer: Bail bondsman, fugitive recovery agent
Fayetteville Observer
In North Carolina, Joe Palmer of Fayetteville Bail Bonds was working in the state's Department of Corrections. When Palmer decided it was time to move on to a new career, all signs pointed to entering the bail bonds industry. Of the people he gets to meet on the job, he said, "Some interesting people, some interesting characters. People you would never meet otherwise. Kind of like the carnival."More

Alabama bounty hunter's van shot, 3rd vehicle shooting in 24 hours
AL.com
Huntsville, Ala., police have responded to the third report of shots fired at a vehicle in a 24-hour period, according to police reports. This time, the report came from a man who said he was helping a friend locate someone who was wanted on a bounty.More

Caller threatens to kill female bondsman in Connecticut
Monroe Patch
A woman who works as a bondsman told Monroe, Conn., police a man threatened to kill her when he left a voicemail on her home phone. Before the threat, police said the man stated his name, which the woman did not recognize.More

FBI releases crime statistics for 2012
The Federal Bureau of Investigation
The Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Reporting program collects information on crimes reported by law enforcement agencies regarding the violent crimes of murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault, as well as the property crimes of burglary, larceny theft, motor vehicle theft and arson.More

Chicago passes New York City as murder capital of the US
The Washington Post
The city of Chicago registered more homicides than any city in the nation in 2012, surpassing even New York City. This was in spite of the fact that the Chicago has only one-third as many residents as New York City.More

Number of US prisoners in for life climbs to all-time high
Reuters
The number of prisoners serving life terms in the United States has more than quadrupled since 1984. Lifers now account for approximately 11 percent of people behind bars. This is according to a report released by the Sentencing Project.More

California inmates face transfers to out-of-state prisons due to crowding
The Fresno Bee
Thousands of California inmates face transfer to out-of-state prisons as the state struggles to reduce the prison population by the end of the year to comply with a court order. But the pending transfer would be shelved if Gov. Jerry Brown's request for a three-year extension is granted. More

In Illinois, Cook County Jail population exceeds 10,000 some days
Chicagoist
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart's fears the Illinois county jail would be packed by the summer were realized, as the facility now houses the most inmates of any in the country. In the spring, Dart said the jail was at 96 percent capacity, with 9,721 inmates. Now the population at the prison regularly passes 10,000 on many days.More