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2015 Winter Conference Update
Message from the President
Scott G. Hall

Lots of people are definitely excited about the upcoming 2015 Winter Conference, Membership Meeting and Expo at the Luxor in Las Vegas Feb. 22-25, as we are already at 52 percent of our room block! The conference is still four months out but with an incredible base room rate of $45 per night for the main conference dates, rooms will soon be sold out in the PBUS block!

If you haven’t yet registered for the conference, you can go to the PBUS home page and click on the "Register" button. Members: Remember to sign-in first to get your member conference discount rate. As an incentive to register before the early-bird registration deadline of Jan. 10, 2015, PBUS will be raffling off a $50 gift card for everyone who registers by the early-bird cut-off. The lucky winner’s name will be drawn for the raffle Jan. 12, 2015, and announced in that week’s issue of the PBUS News Update! Mark your calendars now so you don't miss out on this great raffle chance and conference registration savings!

Please visit the PBUS conference page for information about the winter conference and to view the tentative agenda.
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New Jersey voters get to decide on bail change; opponents support goals but not details
The Republic
Even the most outspoken critics of a New Jersey ballot measure to eliminate the right to bail for those accused of crimes say they support the intent: Keeping the most dangerous suspects behind bars while letting others go free as they await trial under conditions that do not include posting cash. The major qualms about the Nov. 4 ballot measure are about the details — and some opponents are resigned to seeing the measure adopted.
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Bounty hunters join the search for Frein
PA home page
Michael Desenzo doesn't consider himself a bounty hunter. He said he's just a man between jobs. "This isn't a righteous thing. This isn't on principal. This is just about the money." Desenzo wants to collect reward money for his three children. "I'm not looking to interfere with the cops or anything like that. I'm searching where they are not."
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GPS monitoring of criminals proves effective
WKBT-TV
La Crosse County, Wisconsin, officials report that their success rate with GPS monitoring is pretty high. They admit they're not appropriate in every case, but in situations where the offender isn't deemed an immediate threat, they can be a good choice. The county has been using GPS tracking devices for more than a decade. They're used mainly to track people out on bond or those on some form of house arrest.
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Halloween hijinks can land college kids in jail
Hometownlife.com
Halloween has become one of the most popular days on the calendar for young adults. What started out as an opportunity for youngsters to dress-up and go trick-or-treating has turned into a major holiday for college-aged kids, complete with loud and raucous parties. Of course, while the intent is to have plain, good fun, the inevitable addition of alcohol can change the outcome of an evening very quickly.
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Can electronic monitoring reduce Vermont's prison population?
Seven Days
Tammie LaClair should be in prison. In September, she was arrested and charged with her fourth DUI. Because she was unwilling to post the $2,500 bail, the 47-year-old was ushered to one of Vermont's scarce inmate beds. But rather than live in prison, at the cost of $180 taxpayers' dollars a day, LaClair spends time with family, visits a therapist and is trying to rebuild a life that she says is strained by addiction. After only a week behind bars, and with her felony case pending, LaClair went home — but she is not exactly free.
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Bail policy could raise the price of freedom
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
A new approach to bail in Sonoma County Superior Court could soon raise the price of freedom. Judges will start observing strict time limits on how long bail remains in place, requiring new bail to be posted if prosecutors do not bring charges within 15 days of a first court appearance. Those who can't afford to pay a second time will likely be forced to await a decision from behind bars, straining jail resources and driving up costs for taxpayers.
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