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Message from the President
Scott G. Hall


There are only 83 days left before the 2015 Winter Conference, Membership Meeting and Expo begins! Rooms are quickly filling-up at the Luxor Casino and Resort so if you haven't made your reservation please do so now before the guaranteed room rate ends Jan. 30. Don't forget the early-bird deadline for conference registration also ends Jan. 10; members save $100 on their conference fee if they register before the deadline!

The reservation link is now open for the 2015 mid-year meeting, which will be held at the beautiful Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado, July 12-15. You can now make your room reservations here, or you can call the resort at 1-800-588-0250; when calling make sure you request the Professional Bail Agents of the U.S. conference rate (see the PBUS website for room rates).

On a sad note, I am sorry to share that fellow bail agent and former PBUS board member Thomas E. Short of Dayton, Ohio, passed away Nov. 24. Short served on the board of the Ohio Bail Agents Association and formerly owned and operated the Thomas E. Short Company specializing in bail bonds. He also was in the Air Force and was a member of the Quiet Birdman Chapter at Wright Patterson A.F.B.

Short was one of the "good guys" in the bail industry and will be greatly missed. Funeral services were held Nov. 29; anyone wishing to send an online condolence can do so at www.anderson-fh.com.
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State Association News:
Mississippi Bail Agents Association


The Mississippi Bail Agents Association will host their annual reception honoring the Mississippi Legislature and statewide Elected Officials on Tuesday, Jan. 6, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. The event will be located at Old Capitol Inn in Jackson, Mississippi.

The Mississippi Bail Agents Winter General Assembly meeting will be held Wednesday, Jan. 7, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The event will be held at the Holiday Inn Trustmark Park Inn, in Pearl, Mississippi.

You can register for both these events at the association's website at www.msbail.org under the "event tab."

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What's right with Louisiana's bail system?
By Eric Granof
The Shreveport Times recently posted an op-ed article from Marjorie Esman, the executive director of the ACLU in Louisiana. In this article, Esman is not shy in sharing her disgust for the commercial bail bond industry. While Esman is allowed to have and share her opinion, I thought it was important to correct a few of the misstatements in her article and, shall we say, set the record straight on what is right with Louisiana's bails system and the effective role that bail plays in the criminal justice system overall.
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Thanksgiving busy for bail bonds companies
KTXL-TV
Thanksgiving is typically a busy day for bail bonds companies. "Families get together and they ask where their loved one is. They’re in jail, they talk about and say, 'Hey, let's put our money together,' and they get together and sometimes come down and bail them out," bail bondsman Greg Padilla said. Padilla has been involved in the family business for the last 30 years, but ever since voters approved Prop 47, fewer people need to be bailed out.
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No bail for Georgia dad, stepmom who hid missing boy in wall
NBC News
A father and stepmother, charged with false imprisonment and cruelty to children when a missing 13-year-old boy was found behind a false wall in their suburban Atlanta home, will remain in jail after a judge refused to set bond during their first court hearing. The boy — who had been reported missing four years ago — was found behind a wall camouflaged with towels and later reunited with his mother. Officers arrested the boy's father and stepmother along with three other juvenile suspects, Clayton County police Capt. Angelo Daniel told NBC News. They were officially informed of their charges, but neither was assigned bond, said Clayton County Jail Administrator Major R. Sowell.
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New pilot program allowing low-risk offenders out of jail without bond in Mesa County
KMGH-TV
A National Institute of Corrections pilot program is helping one Colorado county to not only hold more dangerous offenders in jail, but also release those who aren't likely to offend again while waiting for their court dates. Judges in seven counties nationwide, including Mesa County in Colorado, assess risk and determine bond amounts based on factors, including employment, drug and alcohol addiction, and support from family and friends, as well as the offense itself, and the suspect's criminal history.
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Murder charge filed against suspect in Oklahoma cold case
The Associated Press via KOTV-TV
A first-degree murder charge has been filed against a McAlester man in the 2002 shooting death of a bounty hunter in McClain County, Oklahoma. Court records show 45-year-old Bobby Barnhill was charged in the death of Troy Neidhart. Neidhart was reported missing in September 2002. His remains were found in 2004 and were identified in 2006. An autopsy found that he had been shot in the head and in the back.
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Louisiana court revives 'Big Easy Justice' suit
Courthouse News Service
A Louisiana man who was arrested on a reality show co-produced by Jennifer Lopez and Al Roker can advance his claims of assault and defamation, a state appeals court ruled. Everette Draughn was arrested on a Spike TV show called "Big Easy Justice," starring Eugene "Tat-2 the Bounty Hunter" Thacker. Draughn claims he was arrested because he missed a hearing for a traffic ticket. The defendants — which include Draughn, Roker, Lopez and Spike TV — allege that he was arrested for illegal possession of stolen things.
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Gwinnett magistrate denies bond to bounty hunters on kidnapping charge
Atlanta Journal Constitution
A Gwinnett magistrate in Georgia denied bond to two Tennessee bounty hunters charged with kidnapping and aggravated assault during a botched arrest of fugitive on a traffic ticket. Khalil Abdullah, 45, and Kevin Roberson, 51, were arrested Nov. 23 after police said they kicked in the door of a home on Castlebrook Way near Lawrenceville in search of a man a Tennessee bail bondsmen had ordered captured.
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Crimes committed on bail: Key facts on worst offenders
The Telegraph
One of the main effects of reducing the amount of time suspects spend on bail will be to cut the worrying number of crimes committed by offenders who have yet to be charged. If suspects are charged and prosecuted more quickly they are more likely to end up behind bars more promptly — but only in a minority of cases that are deemed serious enough for a jail term.
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Court decision leads to lag in setting bail amounts, bulge in jail population
Las Cruces Sun-News
For the third time since September, the way bail is set at Doña Ana Magistrate Court has changed. All the moves have centered around a bail schedule, essentially a list of offenses and corresponding dollar figures used by jail officials to set bail at booking. Following a recent state Supreme Court opinion and subsequent New Mexico Administrative Office of the Courts directive, Magistrate Court Presiding Judge Joel Cano removed local bail schedules Nov. 19, he said. That move led to a bulge in population at the Doña Ana County Detention Center and upset many working in criminal justice.
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