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Message from the President
Scott G. Hall


The early-bird rate has now ended for registration for the 2014 PBUS mid-year meeting in Nashville. For those who registered early — thank you! We encourage everyone to register early and before the conference begins to make it easier for our attendees and the PBUS staff so no one has to wait in a long line to register.

Online registration will end July 6 at 5 p.m. EST so take advantage of online registration today!


For those female attendees at the mid-year meeting, you won’t want to miss the annual For Women Only luncheon. Set at the Water’s Edge, enjoy a delicious buffet luncheon and special guest appearance by country singer Crystal Gayle.

Crystal Gayle is one of the most popular and widely recognized female country singers of her era; she supported her trademark, nearly floor-length hair with a supple voice, a flair for ballads and a crossover-friendly country-pop style.

The youngest of eight children, Gayle was born Brenda Gail Webb in Paintsville, Kentucky. As the coal mines closed her family left Appalachia to find work in Wabash, Indiana. Inspired by the success of her older sister, Loretta Lynn, Gayle dreamed of her own musical career. While still in high school Gayle performed regionally, sampled life on the road with Lynn, and sang with her brothers’ country bands. Before graduating, Gayle signed her first contract with Decca Records and was asked to change her name because one of her musical heroes, Brenda Lee, was a mainstay on the label. Her adopted stage name, “Crystal,” was suggested by Lynn as the two drove by a Krystal hamburger franchise.

Gayle’s debut single, 1970’s “I’ve Cried (The Blues Right Out of My Eyes),” was written by Loretta and was a top 25 hit. Now signed to United Artists Records, in 1974 Gayle began to work with producer Allen Reynolds, a great song man whose musical instincts and mentoring perfectly complemented Gayle’s developing vision and smooth alto. Later that year she scored her first Top Ten hit with “Wrong Road Again.” Her first #1, “I’ll Get Over You,” followed two years later. In 1977 she became a household name when “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” perched atop the country charts for four weeks, climbed the pop charts around the world and won Gayle a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal. The accompanying album, “We Must Believe in Magic,” became the first by a female country artist ever to go platinum. Gayle has enjoyed twenty-one #1 hits, including “Talking in Your Sleep,” “Half the Way” and her duet with Eddie Rabbitt, “You and I.” Gayle has gained acclaim for compelling specialty recordings including albums of gospel and children’s music, a tribute to Hoagy Carmichael, a collection of pop standards, and concert recordings.

Gayle has won female vocalist honors from the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music and American Music Awards. In 2009 Gayle was honored to receive her own star on the fabled Hollywood Walk of Fame. She has been inducted into the Native American Hall of Fame, the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and the Christian Music Hall of Fame. Gayle’s life and career are currently featured in a Spotlight Exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. Her official website can be found at www.crystalgayle.com.
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Bail bondsman credited with catching thief
The Bail Blog
A man who police say was the mastermind behind a multistate electronics ring is now behind bars — and it’s all thanks to one brave bail bondsman. Antwon Richardson is believed to be connected several different crimes that took place last spring, including but not limited to burglarizing an area cellphone store.
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Charleston, South Carolina, deputies taking over ankle monitor system
WCIV-TV
The Charleston County Sheriff's Office is now responsible for tracking people ordered to wear ankle monitors. The GPS tracking system willl cost $275 per month for each person put on house arrest in the county. But with the change in responsibility, it means some bail bondsmen are feeling relieved. Robinson Bail Bonds has been around for decades. Jim Robinson owns the place and has been and has been monitoring ankle bracelets since the 1980s. Robinson says keeping up with people on house arrest isn’t easy.
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Bail reform can end downward spiral
South Jersey Times
With the huge volume and fast pace of news these days, you might have missed the stories from late March on the state Supreme Court committee tasked with reviewing New Jersey's bail system and offering recommendations to fix that system. Reforming the bail system is no small thing. According to the experts, 40 percent of New Jersey's jail (not state prison) inmates are behind bars simply because they cannot afford to pay even small bail amounts for very minor offenses.
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Vermont eyes electronic monitoring as alternative to incarceration
Vermont Public Radio
Each year, thousands of suspects are arraigned on criminal charges. And in each case, judges across Vermont are faced with a quandary: release the alleged offender on conditions or hold him or her in jail pending trial.
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Vermont turns to GPS
By Dennis Bartlett
A couple of weeks ago, Vermont Public Radio broadcast that a southern Vermont county was instituting a pilot program funded by the state legislature ($300,000) to release defendants pending trial unsecured except for GPS monitoring. We all use GPS, for driving directions, locating destinations, finding cell phones and so forth. A couple of months ago, during a trip to Sweden, I used it to find my grandmother’s childhood home located in a remote forested region accessible only by logging roads. No reasonable person can reject off-hand the many advantages of this technological wonder tool. But, that’s just what it is. A tool.

Two years ago, due to the press of pretrial defendants on the Vermont jail system, a state senator and a Supreme Court judge were pushing for the use of GPS to release defendants while keeping track of them to insure their appearance and to discourage their committing crimes while awaiting the court date. At the time officials in Orange County abruptly shut down their GPS program and fired the pretrial officials involved. Why? Crimes, including murder, committed by defendants. The same thing happened in Seattle. Criminals simply committed crimes sporting their GPS devices; others took the slightly more creative route of cutting the units off. 2012 was a bad summer for GPS. Perhaps the collapse of the GPS system in these cases, both involving horrendous murders, gave Vermont officials serious pause. Regardless, the game is back on, (perhaps amped up with the astute salesmanship of GPS providers).

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New bail procedures to begin in Maryland
The Frederick News-Post
How arrestees are processed in Maryland is about to change. District Court commissioners across the state will begin hearing from appointed defense lawyers for some defendants during their initial appearances. The change stems from an opinion from the Maryland Court of Appeals, which concluded that indigent defendants have the right to a defense attorney when their bail is set at county jails.
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Indiana officials brace for criminal code revise
The Times
The first major overhaul of the state's criminal code in decades went into effect July 1. The changes come after a five-year review by the state's Criminal Code Evaluation Commission of sentencing laws. The major changes include increasing the current four levels of felonies to six. Sentencing guidelines also will call for the most serious felons to serve 75 percent of their sentences instead of 50 percent. Some local officials are worried about what the sentencing changes will mean for counties already working under tight budgets.
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Missouri renews electronic monitoring program contract with BI Incorporated
BI Incorporated via Corrections
The Missouri Department of Corrections Division of Probation and Parole has renewed a multiyear contract for approximately 800 electronic monitoring products and related monitoring services with BI Incorporated, the nation's largest provider of monitoring technology for community corrections agencies. The contract will include many different BI systems that can be matched to an offender’s assessed risk level, including radio frequency, GPS tracking and alcohol monitoring systems.
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Denver sheriff investigating jail inmate's accidental early release
The Denver Post
The Denver Sheriff's Department is investigating why deputies prematurely released an inmate from jail, officials said. A judge had granted a $4,000 bond for inmate Adam Satchell, 29, on misdemeanor domestic violence charge, and Satchell was required to go to pre-trial services before his release on bond, Sheriff Gary Wilson said. Jail officials quickly realized no one had taken Satchell to pre-trial services before he left the Denver jail, the sheriff said.
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