PBUS News Update
Jan. 31, 2014

Message from the President
Scott G. Hall

Time is if the essence! The early bird registration rate and guaranteed room rate for the 2014 PBUS Winter Conference ends Feb. 3. Please make your reservations now if you have not already done so. Don't miss the exciting speakers and events at this year's conference. And don't forget: This an election year to vote in your Board of Directors for the next two years.

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Idaho couple open new bail bonds shop
Idaho State Journal
The owners of A-Affordable Bail Bonds Idaho, Rulon and Rebecca Evans, ask that all of their agents follow the "Golden Rule" — an ethic of reciprocity. "We ask them to treat clients the way they would want to be treated if they were in their shoes. This reciprocal treatment applies to how we interact with jail staff and the defendant’s family members as well," explains Rulon Evans.More

Gov. Mary Fallin wants review of Oklahoma prison reform bill
Tulsa World
Gov. Mary Fallin has asked the new Department of Corrections director to evaluate a public safety bill that many believe has not been funded adequately. Recently, the Board of Corrections tapped Robert C. Patton to replace Justin Jones, who resigned last year from an agency that is plagued with crowded prisons, poor staffing and low morale. More

No movement on jail overcrowding in Tennessee
Greenville Sun
The ongoing problem of overcrowding at the Greene County Detention Center caused the jail to lose Tennessee Corrections Institute certification in 2012. Since that time, a reduction in the number of federal prisoners housed at the jail prompted the TCI to agree to a month-by-month reinstatement of certification. More

How is bail set in Idaho?
Twins Falls Times-News
Idaho law clearly lays out rules for setting bail, but judges still have a great deal of discretion in setting bond amounts. It's a system in which nuance dictates decisions and sometimes leaves observers scratching their heads.More

Phony bail bondsman indicted on weapons charge in New Jersey
The Express-Times
Erik Vandevelde, a Morris County, N.J., man who posed as a bail bondsman and carried a realistic-looking handgun into a Hackettstown building, has been indicted on a weapons charge. Vandevelde, 25, will face one count of possession of an imitation firearm, according to an indictment returned by a Warren County grand jury. More

The growing epidemic of gangs and guns in the United States
By Liz Murphy
Gang violence is a growing challenge for law enforcement agencies and lawmakers across the country. At the recent United States Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C., mayors from across the country participated in a session to discuss this issue. Ashley Swearengin, the mayor of Fresno, Calif., acted as the chair of the session and offered her thoughts on Fresno's ongoing battle against gang violence. But this problem isn't limited to Fresno. In fact, the 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment published by the FBI's National Gang Intelligence Center shows how gangs significantly impact crime rates in communities.More

Duane 'Dog' Chapman: Hawaii must regulate bounty hunters
West Hawaii Today
"There's really no training right now in Hawaii; there's no laws about that," Duane "Dog" Chapman said. "And Beth and I and a few other bondsmen are trying to get to the Legislature and introduce some legislation. In most states, you have to be a licensed bail bondsman to bounty hunt."More