PBUS News Update
Oct. 11, 2013

Plan your schedule with the 2014 Winter Conference agenda
To help you plan your schedule, you'll find the PBUS 2014 Winter Conference outline below. Of course, we will be adding general and breakout sessions as we confirm speakers. Go to the PBUS website, click on the Meetings and Events page and then click on Tentative Agenda for the latest updates to the agenda.

Start making your plans now, and we look forward to seeing you all in February for what will be another great conference!More

Pretrial reform: Stop scapegoating the bail industry
The Crime Report
As the pretrial reform debate heats up across the country, there has been no shortage of finger pointing, with most of it directed toward the private sector, pretrial community — otherwise known as the commercial bail industry. More

American Bail Coalition moves foward
American Bail Coalition via ExpertBail
The American Bail Coalition is an insurance industry trade group comprised of America's premier underwriters of criminal court appearance bonds. The goal of the organization is to primarily to perform a two-pronged task to educate government on the benefits of commercial bail bonding and to advance the interests of the member companies' many agents. More

Oregon prison population expected to decrease
Oregon Public Broadcasting
Oregon's prison population is expected to drop over the next three years, according to a report from the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis. Oregon's longer-term forecast has the prison population going up due to a projected increase in the number of young males living in Oregon.More

Ex-offenders less likely to return to prison, Maryland officials say
The Baltimore Sun
The percentage of Maryland ex-offenders likely to return to prison within three years of release has fallen by double digits since 2000, state prison officials have reported. The falling recidivism rate was a positive note for the state's beleaguered corrections system, which continues to implement reforms following recent stories of corruption and violence. More

Federal courts will run out of operating funds by mid-October
The Crime Report
Unlike most federal agencies, the federal judiciary found money to keep federal courts nationwide fully funded for the first two weeks of the government shutdown, says the National Law Journal. As the end of the first week approached with no budget deal, however, chief judges of federal trial and appellate courts grappled with what to do once the money runs out. More

The Supremes are back, and another docket of big cases looms
McClatchy Washington Bureau
It's far too early to call the coming term for the Supreme Court a blockbuster. But with the court likely to docket another 30 or so cases before it's done, there are definite history-making possibilities. "This has the potential to be a really significant term," said Pamela Harris, a professor at Georgetown University Law Center. "It's a little bit under the radar right now." More

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month
The Federal Bureau of Investigation
October marks the 10th anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Established by presidential directive in 2004, the initiative — administered by the Department of Homeland Security — raises cyber security awareness across the nation by engaging and educating public and private sector partners through a variety of events and programs. More