PBUS News Update
Nov. 15, 2013

Proposal: Use tax dollars to bail out Illinois inmates
WGN-TV
In Illinois, Cook County residents may see their tax dollars go towards bailing inmates out of jail. County Commissioner Larry Suffredin is proposing using tax money to help free nonviolent offenders who committed minor crimes. Inmates who accept the loans would have to pay the county back.More

Raymond Louill Segasser
PBUS
Long time bail agent and brother of Linda Braswell, Raymond Louill Segasser, passed away Friday, Nov. 8. Segasser will be remembered by the many, many friends he had at PBUS. He was a dedicated Mason & Shriner that devoted many years and countless hours to the Masonic & Shriner charities. Ray's favorite was the Shriner Patient Transport Fund. Anyone wishing to honor Raymond may make a donation to the Amara Shrine Patient Transport Fund, Post Office Box 30335, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., 33420. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. More

Tennessee county proposes taxing bail bonds
The Standard Banner
Could taxing issued bail bonds be a viable source of revenue for Tennessee's Jefferson County? County Commissioner Rob Blevins thinks so. Blevins is asking his 20 fellow commissioners to get behind a resolution that would ask the state legislature for permission to affix a local tax to every bail bond issued each month. More

Georgia bondsman talks about crime in his community
Douglas County Sentinel
Shane Davis grew up in Winston, Ga. Davis, whose day job is a bail bondsman, said he's seen the crime that's slowly made its way into his home county and, as a family man, he worries that it will keep creeping toward the rural southern and western edges.More

Study shows that jail overcrowding threatens inmates' health
The Bail Blog
A research study found a conditions at a Washington-based jail are so bad, it is threatening the health of those detained there. The study was prompted when two 20-year-old inmates died while in the care of the jail.More

Research shows that changes are needed in prison realignment plan
The Associated Press via Bakersfield Now
In California, low-risk criminals are often sent to county jails instead of crowding state prisons. This can be for some time. When they are finally released from incarceration, these low-level offenders have supervision from local probation officers. More

Even with changes, US prisons might stay overcrowded
Reuters
Overcrowding in U.S. federal prisons is so severe that the problem could go on for years even if Congress takes steps to reduce the number of people behind bars, according to a recent report. The United States incarcerated 2.2 million people in state and federal institutions in 2011, the most recent year for which the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics has published data.More

Report says 33 percent of Oregon inmates are sex offenders
Statesman Journal
The report, called the "inmate population profile," is released monthly. None of November's statistics show anything new, corrections spokeswoman Liz Craig said. They do, however, provide an illuminating window into the people inside the state's prisons.More

'Stand Your Ground' repeal defeated in Florida
Miami Herald
A panel of Florida lawmakers soundly rejected a proposal to repeal the "Stand Your Ground" self-defense law, but approved a pitch to expand "Stand Your Ground" immunity to people who fire a warning shot. "Today, our state is a safer place and has the lowest crime rate in 42 years," said Rep. Marti Coley. More

Philadelphia police investigating Instagram account targeting witnesses
Philly.com
Philadelphia police and prosecutors are investigating an anonymous Instagram account with thousands of followers that, for months, has been identifying witnesses in violent crimes across the city — aiming, in its creator's words, to "expose rats."More