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Message from the President
Scott G. Hall


Twenty-four days and counting until the kick-off of the PBUS 2015 Winter Conference, Membership Meeting & Expo!

Online registration has been extended to Feb. 13 to make it easier to register ahead of time for the conference. Please visit our website at www.pbus.com and click the "Register Now" button to complete your conference registration. A few rooms are still available at the Luxor if you haven't made your room reservation yet — just follow this link to make your online reservation or call 800-926-4737.

The PBUS Board of Director's looks forward to seeing all of you in Las Vegas!
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Fugitive-tracking team catches 2,615 parole violators
The Associated Press via Albuquerque Journal
Around 2,600 ex-convicts accused of violating their parole or probation in New Mexico were captured last year thanks to an aggressive new team tapped with finding fugitives, state officials said. The Department of Corrections said the 2,615 absconders caught in 2014 may be the largest number apprehended in a single year. However, state officials say around 1,700 absconders in New Mexico still are the run.
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Get out of jail free? Auburn senator suggests low-profile suspects pay no bail
Lewiston Sun Journal
Eliminating cash bail would dramatically reduce the number of inmates in Maine jails and dramatically lower taxpayer costs, according to state Sen. Eric Brakey, R-Auburn. Brakey said he intends to introduce legislation that would do away with bail in Maine and replace it with a system that screens those charged with crimes to determine whether they are a flight risk before releasing them.
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Montgomery DA seeking higher murder case bails, tired of seeing 'young people dead in the streets'
AL.com
Montgomery County District Attorney Daryl Bailey says he is tired of suspected murderers bonding out of jail just hours after their arrest. "Too many murders are happening in Montgomery," he said. "The community is upset as they should be. I'm upset. I am tired of going out and seeing these young people dead in the streets."
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Electronic monitoring rarely an option for defendants in Charlottesville area
The Daily Progress
Last year, the city of Staunton saved nearly $200,000 by allowing some defendants to await trial at home with electronic monitors, rather than in jail. Augusta County saved nearly $85,000. In Charlottesville and Albemarle County, however, that's rarely an option. These carefully selected defendants were able to keep their jobs and their homes, and access treatments, such as for substance abuse, in turn making them less likely to reoffend.
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CMPD seeking man who cut off his electronic monitor
Charlotte Observer
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said they are looking for a man who cut off his electronic monitor. Javaughn Anderson, 19, is wanted on outstanding warrants for burglary, felony larceny and interfering with an electronic monitoring device. He had been ordered by a judge to wear the device as a condition of his pretrial release, CMPD said.
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Denver County judges accused of mishandling bond in misdemeanor cases
The Denver Post
Denver County judges are knowingly violating state laws in setting bond in misdemeanor cases and wrongfully denying defendants' requests to argue for lower bail, according to claims against the county.
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Punishment lacking in child sex assault cases
Appleton Post Crescent
Ronald Kupsky is a free man, despite having sexually assaulted a 9-year-old girl and facing pending charges of a second child assault and an investigation into a potential third victim. Kupsky is not on Wisconsin's sex offender registry and has no probation agent. He is required to follow certain rules as part of his bond — including no unsupervised contact with minors — but prosecutors say he violated the conditions before.
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