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Maryland bounty hunter recovers heroin, firearms
Cecil Daily
A bounty hunter did not find his wanted man when he entered a North East, Md., residence. But police say he discovered something else that made his trip worthwhile: More than 600 bags of heroin. The bondsman also found a sawed-off shotgun and a revolver, according to the Maryland State Police.
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PBUS 2014 election information and procedures
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Nominations
Anyone who would like to run for office and have their name on the preprinted ballot must submit their name to the Nominating Committee by Friday, February 7, 2014. The Nominating Committee will provide the names of all nominees to the PBUS office by Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, that will be on the preprinted ballot. After that time, nominations will be made from the floor during the Membership Meeting at the 2014 Winter Conference at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nev. All nominees must be currently licensed or approved b the authorized governmental agencies within their respective jurisdictions to execute bail bonds for the public sector. They must be a voting member of PBUS in 'good standing', having voting membership dues paid in full as of Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. Those nominated from the floor must provide provide verification that they are currently licensed or approved b the authorized governmental agencies within their respective jurisdictions to execute bail bonds for the public sector. No proxies shall be allowed. Please submit your notification of intention to run for office to Linda Braswell either via email at braswellss@aol.com or via mail at Braswell Surety Services, Inc. - PO Box 1025 – Stuart, Fla., 34995.

Voting
Voting members are comprised of those individuals who are currently licensed or approved b the authorized governmental agencies within their respective jurisdictions to execute bail bonds for the public sector. Voting members must have their dues paid in full. All members who join or upgrade to voting membership onsite at the convention must present proof that they are currently licensed or approved b the authorized governmental agencies within their respective jurisdictions to execute bail bonds for the public sector. The Board of Directors is elected by majority vote of the members entitled to vote at the annual meeting. Election shall be by written ballot unless there is one candidate for an office. Election for a one-candidate office shall be by voice vote. No proxies shall be allowed.

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Bondsman impersonator arrested in New Jersey, found with fake gun
Hackettstown Patch
A Mount Arlington, N.J., man pretending to be a bail bondsman was arrested after bringing a fake gun into the Medical Arts Building, Hackettstown Police said. Erik Vandevelde, 25, was charged with possession of an imitation firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia and disorderly conduct.
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Breaking down bail bond stereotypes
ExpertBail
In this radio interview, Eric Granof of ExpertBail talks about the many misconceptions surrounding the bail bond industry. Granof also explains the bail process, while discussing the important role that bail plays in ensuring accountability in the criminal justice system.
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How the Internet has changed the bail bonds process
Family Bail Blog
One of the most stressful things about finding out someone you care for has been arrested relates to the bail bonds process. Today, most people find that online bail bonds are the fastest and easiest way to get someone out of jail.
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Colorado bondsman looks ahead to the next chapter
Bail Bonds AAA
Michael Gray says: Thirty-five years ago, I decided to look into the bail bond profession as a possible way to make income and to support my family. Except for a couple of speeding tickets, I literally had no knowledge of the court system. I retired last December and then returned to the bail bonds industry in April. It's funny: I'm starting from scratch. So now I shall enter into the next chapter of my bail bond life.
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Prison population in Kansas to decline under post-release changes
The Associated Press via The Topeka Capital-Journal
The state corrections secretary in Kansas says new changes to post-release supervision rules could yield as many as 100 fewer individuals returning to prison over the next two years. Currently, the state's male prison population is almost 80 men over capacity. The female population, however, is below maximum capacity.
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California officials reach deal to seek compliance with prison order
Los Angeles Times
In California, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders have announced a deal to seek more time to cut California's prison population. This will be accomplished by expanding rehabilitation programs aimed at reducing the number of former inmates committing new crimes.
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New York City is an expensive place to live, including prisoners.
The New York Times
According to a recent study from the Independent Budget Office, New York City paid $167,731 to feed, house and guard each inmate in 2012. And by nearly any measure, New York City spends more than every other state or city.
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