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2013 Quarterly Meeting & Bail Bond Course Schedule, Jan. 24-26
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The 2013 PBT meetings are held to educate, train and inform Texas professional members and potential members about legislative issues facing the industry, and to network with the pro’s and train new professionals in Texas. Come join us at the PBT social reception which is a relaxed fun filled time to ask questions, share techniques and mentor new friends. PBT will be holding course programs and PBT Quarterly meetings throughout the year so visit www.pbtx.com for the latest news in the profession.



PBUS 2013 Conference Raffle: Take a break from the cold
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Tired of the snow, wind and cold? Take a Journey to Atlantis — The Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. Think of the 11 swimming pools, 11 water slides, two Lazy River rides, a protected Paradise Lagoon, the Predator's Lagoon, lots of marine life habitats and an outstanding ocean beach area. This trip is six glorious days, and five nights for two with a world-class gourmet meal plan included. You can have this and more when you win the PBUS 2013 Conference Raffle. BUT, you can't win if you don't buy a ticket! Don't delay. Leave the snow and cold behind. Contact Dennis Sew for tickets 443-463-4231 or agentsew69@aol.com. Do it NOW!

Bail for undocumented immigrants in question before Maryland high court
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Maryland's top court could make it much more difficult for undocumented immigrants to secure bail bonds, in a case likely to resolve long-standing questions about whether bondsmen are on the hook when clients get deported before trial. In a case pending at the Court of Appeals, Big Louie Bail Bonds has been ordered to pay more than $100,000 in Baltimore County in bail forfeitures after 10 defendants were deported before their criminal trials. At issue is who should bear the financial responsibility when immigration enforcement moves faster than a court case, sending the defendant out of the country before trial. More

FBI data: Crime reported by law enforcement rises
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The number of violent crimes reported by law enforcement for the first six months of 2012 increased 1.9 percent, compared with figures from the same period in 2011, according to statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigations' Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report. Property crimes also rose 1.5 percent overall. More

Brown fails to produce prison plan, seeks end of court control
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Gov. Jerry Brown contends California no longer needs to reduce overcrowding in the state's prisons. Federal judges had given the state a deadline to file plans showing how California would meet federal caps on prison populations. Instead, the governor's lawyers filed a motion asking the judges to lift those caps. "The overcrowding and health care conditions cited by this court to support its population reduction order are now a distant memory," the state's lawyers contend. More



Washington drug court's new approach: Community service instead of jail time
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It used to be that participants in Cowlitz County's Drug Court program were almost sure to go to jail when they messed up. If they used drugs, a judge sent them to the lockup for a few days or more. The same was true if they skipped group therapy sessions or other activities required by the program, which gives addicts accused of non-violent felonies a chance to erase the charges and get clean. Now, drug court officials are trying something different. Participants who stray from the program's strict rules are often assigned community service hours instead of jail time. The reason is that volunteer work has proven far more effective than incarceration in motivating addicts and teaching them life skills, said Debbie Garvin, the program's coordinator. More

Report: Invest in drug treatment instead of punishment
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Instead of throwing drug addicts in jail, the state should invest more money in substance abuse treatment, says a report issued by the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, which adds that the move could provide millions of dollars in savings and improve public safety. "You cannot cure addiction by locking it up," said Ana Yáñez Correa, executive director of the coalition. "It doesn't cure it; it makes it worse." In Texas, arrests for drug possession have increased 32 percent in the last decade, and about 90 percent of all drug-related arrests are for possession — not dealing, according to the report. More

Project ReNu helps ex-offenders battle what's on RAP sheet
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Paroled from prison in August 2010, Sandra France was bent on finding a job that steered young people away from the drug addiction and drug-related crimes that had her cycling in and out of prison for 35 years. That job hunt, however, initially bore little fruit for the 50-year-old ex-offender. Then she heard about Project ReNu, launched in early 2012 by the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Center for NuLeadership On Urban Solutions to help the formerly incarcerated figure out precisely whether their recorded criminal histories, or record of arrests and prosecutions, were undercutting their employment prospects and, where possible, boosting the ex-offenders' image among potential employers. More

Tracking crime stats
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In October 2009, President Barack Obama nominated James P. Lynch, then a distinguished criminologist at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, to run the U.S. Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics. Lynch was confirmed by the Senate in June 2010. After two and a half years, Lynch is leaving to become chairman of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland. As he packed up his office recently, Lynch sat down with The Crime Report's Washington bureau chief, Ted Gest. In a wide-ranging conversation, Lynch discussed how methodologies for tracking key indices like crime victimization, sex crimes and recidivism are being revamped; and why there remain significant "holes" in data about the U.S. justice system. More

Call for contributors
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of PBUS News Update, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of PBUS, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Colby Horton to discuss logistics and payment.


 

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