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Message from the President
Scott G. Hall


We wish to announce our last award winner at the 2015 PBUS Winter Conference, Membership Meeting & Expo held Feb. 22-25.

The final awardee of the prestigious Hall of Fame award recognizes an individual that manages Washington State’s oldest and most prestigious bail bond company. As President and owner, she leads with the founding philosophies of integrity and professionalism and works diligently to improve the image of the bail industry. She is the heart and soul of her agency and is an inspiration to her whole team. She brings tremendous compassion and empathy when helping families with the bail process.

PBUS was pleased to welcome Gayle Brandon-Behrend with Lacey OMalley into the PBUS Hall of Fame. Congratulations Gayle!
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High court orders review of sex offender GPS monitoring
USA Today
State programs that use GPS systems to monitor sex offenders could eventually be jeopardized based on a preliminary Supreme Court ruling. The justices gave a North Carolina sex offender another chance to prove in state court that being forced to wear a GPS monitoring bracelet for life could be unconstitutional.
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ND House mulls bill setting rates for bail bond agents
The Associated Press via SFGate
Allowing the bail bond industry to double the fee it charges defendants in North Dakota would help free up jail space because the state's current cap often is too low to get the business of bondsmen, a state senator told fellow lawmakers.
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Probationer laments damage caused by faulty GPS monitor
Tallahassee Democrat
Christopher Jensen hopes no one else is wrongly jailed because of faulty GPS monitoring by Leon County. Jensen was jailed from April to December 2013 after he was arrested based on data from a GPS monitor he was required to wear said he violated an injunction to refrain from contact with his ex-wife, the victim related to his probation.
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Nueces County Bail Bond Board to hear complaint
KRIS-TV
A woman who accused a group of men of posing as U.S. Marshals will have her complaint heard by the Nueces County Bail Bond Board.
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County working to create pretrial office, bondsmen up in arms
KVIA-TV
The possible creation of a county pretrial office has some local bondsmen up in arms. The office is meant to reduce the county's jail costs by releasing low-risk offenders instead of leaving them behind bars. While the program might save the county money, bondsmen say it will take a bite out of their wallet.
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British conman escapes from prison by emailing guards bogus release order
New York Daily News
Some criminals never change. A convicted conman tricked his prison guards into letting him walk free by emailing them fake instructions for his release.
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