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Message from the President
Scott G. Hall

PBUS
2015 MID-YEAR MEETING CONCLUDES IN COLORADO
The 2015 Mid-Year meeting at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado, concluded on Wednesday, July 15.

The meeting kicked-off on Monday with a morning session with Michèle Stuart, owner of JAG Investigations, Inc., on Internet Profiling and continued over the next two days with panel discussions on E-Bail, bail laws throughout the United States and war stories and tall tales. Other informative sessions included gang awareness and recognition, tactical first aide, social media tips and tricks, use of non-lethal weapons, turning phone calls into customers, skip-tracing and body cams and the ever popular hot topics!

I want to thank all of you for attending the mid-year meeting and we look forward to seeing you at the 2016 Winter Conference, Membership Meeting and Expo in February at the Luxor Casino and Resort. Check the PBUS website at www.pbus.com for conference details within the next few months.
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Judge: Sex offender GPS monitoring lawsuit can proceed
The News Journal
A judge has refused to dismiss a Chancery Court lawsuit challenging a state law that requires certain sex offenders on probation to wear an ankle GPS monitor. The suit, filed in May by the American Civil Liberties Union, claims the GPS monitoring law, enacted in 2007, is unconstitutional because it is being applied to those convicted of crimes that happened before 2007.
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1st-degree murder suspect pays no bond, walks free
KOAT-TV
An accused murderer is walking the streets of Albuquerque without having to post any bond. In 2013, Selmonio Davis drove a getaway car while Jashon Warren shot and killed a man, investigators said. After two years of detective work, Davis was arrested in June and indicted on first-degree murder charges.
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Obama pushes for reduced prison sentences
Politico
After a year of racial turmoil across America, including riots against police violence in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri, President Barack Obama urged Congress to reform mandatory sentencing guidelines that have disproportionately put African-Americans in jail on extended terms for nonviolent crimes.
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There's never been a better time for bail reform
The Washington Post
In 1977, a Texas jury convicted Jerry Hartfield, a black man with an IQ of 51, of the murder of Eunice Lowe, a white woman. In 1980, a federal appeals court reversed the conviction, on the grounds that the trial court excluded a juror who expressed reservations about the death penalty. Thirty-five years after the reversal, Hartfield remains in jail, waiting for a new trial. Hartfield, who dropped out of school in the fifth grade, apparently believed that his continued detention was permissible.
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Accused killers who out on bond around Houston area
Click 2 Houston
A recent investigation showed there are 212 people out on bond charged with murder or manslaughter.
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Woman questions legitimacy of bail bondsmen who searched her house
WDAF-TV
A Kansas City, Missouri, woman says she feels violated and afraid after two people claiming to be bail bondsmen demanded entry into her home and took a look around — and now she fears they weren't who they said they were.
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Questions surround woman's apparent suicide death in Waller County Jail
KTRK-TV
An investigation is underway after a woman was found dead in the Waller County Jail. Sandra Bland's death is being labeled an apparent suicide, but family members and friends don't believe it and say the truth will come out.
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