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Scott G. Hall
Believe it or not, we are currently at 65 percent of our room block at the Luxor for the 2015 Winter Conference, Membership Meeting and Expo! Thanks to all who have already made their reservations and for those who have not, please do so soon before these great room rates end Jan. 30. Don't forget the early-bird deadline for conference registration either; members save $100 on their conference fee if they register by Jan. 10!
MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS NOW!
The 2015 mid-year meeting 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.
Additional information on the accommodations can be found on the PBUS website. Please visit the Cheyenne Resort's website for additional information on dining, transportation and recreation.
- Standard room rate is $159 per night, plus a $10 resort fee and 12 percent tax (two queen beds)
- King room rate is $169 per night, plus a $10 resort fee and 12 percent tax (limited number available)
- One bedroom junior suite is $450 per night, plus a $10 resort fee and 12 percent tax (limited number available)
- Presidential suite is $600 per night, plus a $10 resort fee and 12 percent tax (limited number available)
The conference module will be up sometime in March or April of 2015. See you in Colorado in July!
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State Bail Association News
The Tennessee Association of Professional Bail Agents will have a Board of Directors meeting and CE class on the following dates:
Nov. 20, 2014 at 4 p.m. — Board of Directors meeting
Nov. 21, 2014 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. — Continuing Education class
Gold Strike Resort and Casino
1010 Casino Center Drive
Tunica Resorts, MS 38664
Call the TAPBA for additional information: 931-739-3339
What's wrong with Louisiana's bail system?
Consider the following scenario. Two people are arrested and jailed for the same minor offense. It is each person's first offense. At their individual bail hearings, the judges set virtually the same bail amounts for both. Person A can afford the bail, pays it and is released from jail. Person B, however, cannot afford the price of bail. What options are available?
Maryland commission to recommend ending pretrial bonds
A Maryland commission is recommending the state stop requiring people accused of crimes to post bond as a condition of release before trial. The Governor's Commission to Reform Maryland's Pretrial System approved the controversial recommendation. The commission will present the recommendation to the General Assembly in the next few weeks.
Satellite eye in the sky monitors sex offenders with GPS ankle devices
The Daily Courier
At any given time, there are between 25 and 35 adult probationers in northern Arizona wearing GPS monitoring bracelets, and it's the job of Larry Battin and Dan Hughart to monitor their movements. They work upstairs from the sheriff's office, in the Yavapai County Adult Probation Office. Their focus is on people who are on probation for sex crimes, level 3 sex offenders and anyone else ordered to be tracked by the court.
South Carolina House panel urged to toughen bail laws for domestic violence
South Carolina's bail bond laws for accused criminal domestic abusers should be toughened to protect victims, House members were told. Victims advocate Laura Hudson said the bail law should be changed to include whether a suspect could be a danger to an individual and to consider more factors when determining bond.
Low-level misdemeanors net Nashville man $2 million bond
A Nashville man arrested on three misdemeanors and one felony warrant is in jail under a $2 million bond. Even violent felons don't typically get a bond so high, so why is Andre Howe so different? Howe, 29, was arrested and charged with theft of property, harassment and possession of drug paraphernalia, all misdemeanors.
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Casting doubt on appeal, court rejects bail for Ex-SAC capital trader
The New York Times
Mathew Martoma's bid to stay out of prison pending an appeal of his insider trading conviction did not last much past lunchtime. A three-judge appellate panel issued a brief order denying his request to delay the start of his nine-year prison sentence just a few hours after hearing an argument from his lawyers on the matter. The judges, from the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York, ruled that Martoma had "failed to show that the appeal 'raises a substantial question of law or fact.'"
3 enter not guilty pleas in Orleans Parish bail bond probe
The Associated Press via WDSU-TV
Three people indicted on charges of conspiring to write illegal bail bonds in Orleans Parish have pleaded not guilty. James Johnson and Josephine Spellman, a former employee of unlicensed bondsman Rufus Johnson, entered their pleas to charges contained in a 10-count federal indictment.
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