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Pretrial release bill blindsides bondsmen in West Virginia
The Charleston Gazette
A bill that would give Brooke County, W.V., officials the ability to create programs that aim to release criminal defendants who lack the money to post bail to the court system has drawn the ire of a state group that represents commercial bail bondsmen. West Virginia Surety Bail Bond Association President Bill Garvin said that the new bill (S.B. 584), which was introduced and powered through the Senate with a 33-0 vote, blindsided the group and conflicts with efforts to create uniform statewide bonding rules.
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GPS monitoring suspended by Orange County, Fla., chief judge
Orlando Sentinel
Chief Judge Belvin Perry suspended the GPS monitoring program used by judges in Orange County, Fla., as a condition of bail or for those on pretrial release in criminal cases "until further notice." The move came after police said Wilford Gregory, who was on GPS monitoring, shot a man in Apopka, Fla., then cut off his GPS device.
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$20 million in grant funds available to help adult inmates in work-release programs
United States Department of Labor
The U.S. Department of Labor has announced $20 million in grant funds will be available to help adult inmates in work-release programs prepare to re-enter the workforce. Read the full announcement here. For a complete list of grants, click here.
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BJA releases 'Women's Pathways to Jail: Examining Mental Health, Trauma, and Substance Abuse'
BJA releases 'Women's Pathways to Jail: Examining Mental Health, Trauma, and Substance Abuse'
This policy brief studies what has been described as the overrepresentation of women with mental illness in jails and the consequences related to that.
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Agencies release 'Supervision and Treatment of Sex Offenders' program
Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency
The most recent show produced by the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency is "Supervision and Treatment of Sex Offenders." The program is a combined effort of the agency and the Office of Justice Programs, U,S, Department of Justice. The program provides an overview of sex offender supervision and treatment strategies from a national and local perspective.
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New re-entry prison aims to improve inmates' chances outside
The Florida Current
Top officials of Florida's prison system toured their $17 million new re-entry center and called it the next big innovation for getting convicted felons ready to return to — and stay — in free society. The sprawling prison 15 miles from the Capitol is one of three built with bond financing that remain unused because of the department's $94 million budget shortage.
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Making the transition: Rethinking jail re-entry in Los Angeles County
Vera Institute of Justice
Jail and prison re-entry services are designed to help people who are released into the community and are associated with lower rates of repeat criminal activity and re-incarceration as well as improved public safety. However, providing re-entry programs in corrections settings is challenging — particularly in jails, where stays are typically short and turnover is high. In 2010, with support from The California Endowment, the Vera Institute of Justice partnered with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and community-based organizations to assess re-entry services for people leaving the L.A. County Jail.
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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 and experience in the industry can be of great help to your fellow members. 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. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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    Pretrial release program passes West Virginia Senate (The Associated Press via The Logan Banner)
Day-reporting center would up supervision, electronic monitoring (Williamsport Sun-Gazette)
Public opinion on sentencing, corrections policy in America (The Pew Charitable Trusts)
Anderson County judges slam director of jail alternatives (Knoxville News Sentinel)
Texas prisons install cellphone-blocking equipment (The Associated Press via Yahoo News)

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