PBUS News Update
Aug. 23, 2012

Report: Progress on juvenile justice, problems remain
The Pew Charitable Trusts
In juvenile justice circles, things are seen to be improving: Youth prisons are closing. Mental health screenings are becoming standard. Right-to-counsel for young offenders has been affirmed. For a variety of reasons, including cutting costs, state legislatures are moving away from the punishment-focused policies for young offenders passed in the 1980s and 1990s, when juvenile crime was rising, and moving toward rehabilitation, according to a report released by the National Conference of State Legislatures.More

Skip-tracers national certification program
Professional Bail Agents of the United States
The Professional Bail Agents of the United States has added a new benefit for its active members. The Skip-Tracers National Certification Program, voted in the top 25 continuing education programs by PINOW.COM, combines tried-and-true, old-school skip-tracing techniques with the best of today's technology.More

Some South Florida fugitives getting help from taxpayers through benefits
WTVJ-TV
VideoBriefCriminal fugitives on the run are getting help from taxpayers through food stamps, prescriptions and other government benefits, South Florida bail bondsmen say. "For a fugitive to have access to funds, obviously, it aids in their flight to avoid prosecution," said Barry Golden of the U.S. Marshals Service in the Southern District of Florida. More

California city considers outsourcing jail
Los Angeles Times
The city of Newport Beach, Calif., is taking preliminary steps toward outsourcing the operation of the city jail to a private company. The city has requested bids from providers who could operate the jail. Police Chief Jay Johnson told the Daily Pilot that the move could reduce the jail's $1-million annual budget by 30 percent to 40 percent.More

Texas prison population shrinks as rehabilitation programs take root
Austin American-Statesman
In July, Texas' prison system posted its lowest head count in five years, even as the state's overall population continued to grow at a fast clip. Instead of 156,500 prisoners behind bars in Texas' 111 state prisons a year ago, the lockups now hold just over 154,000 — a drop of about 2,500, according to state statistics. Texas, which historically has had one of the highest incarceration rates per capita of the 50 states, is now in fourth place, down from second two years ago.More

Crime commissions at work: From tripping up Al Capone to tracking down DNA evidence
Detroit Free Press
Whether tagging Public Enemy No. 1, putting a $1,000 bounty on armed ex-cons or trying to break gangsters' squeeze on businesses, citizens' crime commissions have been lending private-enterprise muscle and know-how to metropolitan police for nearly 100 years. Detroit is a relative newcomer for crime commissions, but it is following the path cut by the likes of Chicago, Kansas City, New York and other major cities.More

Dozens of 'innocent' prisoners could be freed
USA Today
Dozens of federal prisoners who are locked up even though prosecutors concede they are "legally innocent" could soon be released under new orders from the U.S. Justice Department. The department confirmed it had instructed its lawyers to abandon legal objections that could have blocked – or at least delayed – the inmates from being set free. More

Virginia man sought since 2000 extradited from Mexico
Fairfax News
A former Fairfax, Va., man has been extradited from California to Fairfax County for crimes allegedly committed 12 years ago. On Nov.21, 2000, Wesley Thomason was arrested for allegedly providing illegal drugs to minors and filming himself engaged in sexual acts with more than one minor. Prior to his appearance in court, Thomason fled Fairfax County. Earlier this year, the United States Marshal Service and the Fairfax County Fugitive Task Force developed leads that Thomason was living in Mexico.More

Exodus hits California police department hard
The Record
At a time when they're needed most, Stockton, Calif.'s police officers are leaving in startling numbers, exiting for jobs with other agencies such as BART, the city of Oceanside and Placer County. Stockton City Manager Bob Deis said he has appealed to Gov. Jerry Brown and California's top legislators for their help keeping the city from slipping into "municipal chaos."More

Fugitive husband of slain San Diego college student returned to US
from Mexico

The Associated Press via The Washington Post
Authorities say a man wanted in the killing of his 19-year-old estranged wife at San Diego City College in 2010 has been returned to the United States from Mexico. San Diego police said in a statement that a fugitive task force brought Armando Perez from Mexico City to San Diego, where he was handed over to homicide detectives and booked on suspicion of murder. Perez's wife, Diana Gonzalez, was accosted and stabbed to death inside a men's restroom on Oct. 12, 2010, at San Diego City College, where she was a student.More

Man behind bars 2 years after judge orders release
Los Angeles Times
Daniel Larsen was in a California prison serving a life sentence when he received the news he had awaited more than a decade. A federal court in Los Angeles had thrown out his conviction for carrying a concealed knife. Two judges concluded that jurors who convicted Larsen would never have found him guilty had they heard from additional witnesses who saw a different man with the knife. More

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Professional Bail Agents of the United States
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