PBUS News Update
Jul. 25, 2013

North Carolina bondsman running for Ward 2 alderman seat
New Bern Sun Journal
Micah Grimes has filed as a Board of Alderman candidate for Ward 2, saying he wants to make a difference and bring change to his community. As a bail bondsman, Grimes said he has been able to network with many people in the community and knows most of the residents in Ward 2, many of whom encouraged him to run.More

In memory of Anne D. Olszowy
Memorial Networks
A devoted mother of Ronald and his wife Margaret of Little Falls, N.J., Anne was a loving, kind, patient and giving woman, who prayed the Rosary daily. Because of her positive attitude, she only saw the good in people. She will truly be missed, loved and remembered always.

As an executive secretary, Anne worked for United Piece Die Works in Passaic, Vornado in Garfield, Leeds Fox in New York City and Lloyds Electronics in Edison. Anne was also the co-owner of Ann-Tone Dress Shop in Newark for several years. She was a member of the Rosol-Dul American Legion Post #359, Passaic.

Special thanks to Dr. Frank Degiacomo of Clifton who cared for her for many years and the staff of Regency Gardens in Wayne for their tender care, love and support. In lieu of flowers, donations made to St. Clare's RC Church, 69 Allwood Rd., Clifton, N.J., 07014, in memory of Anne, would be greatly appreciated.More

Conference Update
New Orleans is looking great: The restaurant for the Monday night dinner at the Court of Two Sisters is at capacity, and we are expecting nearly 200 attendees and exhibitors! Many volunteers make and have made this happen, we can't thank them enough. They are at registration, handling questions and taking tickets. Please make sure you thank them, too. And a BIG shout out to the Louisiana Bail Agents who have set a new bar in conference assistance and attendance by a local state in which the conference is held. Thank you so much! Safe travels to all. See you this weekend!More

Stolen goods as collateral for bond?
The Moultrie Observer
A man charged in the theft of a four-wheeler is in hot water again as authorities say he used a second nearly identical vehicle, also stolen, as collateral for bail. After bonding out Christopher Elijah Jones, the bail bond company noticed that the identification numbers had been filed off the four-wheeler that Jones used as collateral, authorities said.More

Bail bond breakdown
If you watch TV, you've probably seen it hundreds of times: A judge bangs a gavel and says that bail is set at $100,000 dollars. But how do they reach that decision? Whether it's theft, robbery, murder or drug charges there is a procedure judges must follow.More

Montana man charged with jumping bail 7 times
Helena Independent Record
In Montana, a Helena man has distinguished himself with his failures to appear in court as ordered has been charged with seven counts of bail jumping. Adam Galliher Jr., 35, was charged with selling a gram of methamphetamine to a police informant in 2008, and the new charges are related to court orders in that case.More

Supervision costs significantly less than incarceration in federal system
United States Courts
In 2012, the annual cost of placing an offender in a Bureau of Prisons institution or federal residential re-entry center was roughly eight times the cost of placing the same offender under post-conviction supervision by a federal probation officer. Pretrial detention for a defendant was nearly 10 times more expensive than the cost of supervision of a defendant by a pretrial services officer in the federal system.More

Corrections secretary: Kansas prisons are running at capacity
The Wichita Eagle via The Kansas City Star
The Kansas prison system has reached its capacity, and the state is projected to add 2,100 offenders to the system in the next decade, Kansas Department of Corrections Secretary Ray Roberts said.More

Predicting recidivism: New tool shows promise in Philadelphia
National Institute of Justice
For some time to come, our cities, counties and states will face the tremendous challenge of trying to do their work with fewer resources. That challenge is perhaps no more pressing than in the nation's corrections system, where fiscal realities demand the downsizing of prison populations. More

Why California won't build prisons to ease inmate overcrowding
The Sacramento Bee
In his final effort to forestall a federal court order requiring the state to reduce its prison population by nearly 10,000 inmates, Gov. Jerry Brown counted the ways prison conditions have improved since the court first winced at overcrowding years ago. More

Texas county debates new roads or bigger jail
The Bail Blog
Elected officials in Coryell county, Texas are facing quite the dilemma. A spokesperson said they are having a hard time deciding whether to allocate funds to repaving roads or to a project that would add bed space to the county jail.More

Technology: GPS shines as a means to alleviate overcrowding in Ohio jails
The Associated Press via Sandusky Register
In Ohio, the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office has been able to free up much needed space in their prison system. Armed with 143 electronic monitoring devices, with more on the way, local law enforcement are able to keep high-risk, violent offenders behind bars, while safely monitoring lower-level criminals on the outside.More

ACLU: Police technology to track drivers raises privacy issues
Police around the United States are recording the license plates of passing drivers and storing the information for years with little privacy protection, the American Civil Liberties Union commented. In a written statement, the ACLU continued, "The documents paint a startling picture of a technology deployed with too few rules that is becoming a tool for mass routine location tracking and surveillance."More