PBUS News Update
Dec. 20, 2013

Obituary for distinguished PBUS member, Hall of Fame inductee James Fitzgerald
We were just notified that James Fitzgerald, 75, of Prescott, Arizona, died on Wednesday, November 28, 2012. Although it has been a year since his passing, Jim was so very important to our industry we wanted to acknowledge him and his contributions.

Jim was born January 27, 1937 in San Diego, California to Judge Roy G. Fitzgerald and Claire Whelan Fitzgerald. He and his wife, Susan, were married in LaJolla, California on November 29, 1982. Together they founded and operated Fitzgerald Bail Bonds for 30 years prior to selling the business. Recently they founded and operated Fitzgerald All-State Bail Bonds in Prescott. Fitzgerald was a former President of the Professional Bondsmen of Arizona. He was a distinguished member of the Professional Bail Agents of the United States, a Regional Director our organization and a member of the PBUS Council of Presidents and he and his wife Sue participated in many Winter and Summer conferences. He was inducted into the Professional Bail Agents of the United States Hall of Fame on February 22, 2005 for distinguished service over 30 years in the Bail industry. Many will remember him with the staff he used to walk around and his wife Sue was always at his side.

He is survived by his wife, Susan, his children Maureen Bartmus, Coleen Bartmann, Erin Mahoney, James Fitzgerald, Shannon O'Connor and Brian Fitzgerald, his stepchildren, Darrin, Brian and Edward Tickner, 14 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. He is survived also by his brother, Michael, of Vashon, Washington.

All of us at PBUS will miss James.More

Request for 2014 Hall of Fame nominations
As always, new Hall of Fame members will be inducted at the Winter Conference. For 2014, PBUS is seeking nominations. PBUS members and friends are invited to submit nominations of individuals that qualify for the PBUS Hall of Fame. Nominees must have 30+ consecutive years of exemplary service in the bail bond profession as a licensed agent. The Hall of Fame honors individuals who through their deeds and actions exemplify the true meaning of the title "Professional Bail Agent."More

'Big Mike' sets the record straight on bail bondsmen
When most people think about the bail bond profession, they think about big guys with big guns running through the streets chasing bad guys. While this is good for a Hollywood movie or reality television show, it is far from the reality of the bail bond business. 'Big Mike' doesn’t flaunt a big gun around, but rather flaunts big heart. A heart that has helped countless young people change their lives forever.More

Tennessee criminal court judges hear case on new bail bond law
The Davidson County district attorney and all six criminal court judges have met for a hearing about the bail bonding business. They discussed how a new state law has changed the way bonding companies conduct business.More

Government watchdog: We have a growing federal prison 'crisis'
The Atlantic
The Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General published recently its annual report titled "Top Management and Performance Challenges Facing the Justice Department." Through this report shows so much of what has animated this busy year at the intersection of law and politics.More

FBI uses intervention to interrupt shootings
The Associated Press via ABC News
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, they have helped to prevent and avert close to 150 shootings and attacks this year alone. Though mass shootings like Navy Yard and Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., do not make up a majority of gun violence, the impact is great.More

Property crime increase linked to California prison realignment
The Associated Press via San Jose Mercury News
As inmates are released early under modified incarceration plans in the state of California, law enforcement has seen a marked uptick in auto thefts and other types of property crime. There has not been an increase in violent crime, however.More

In Montana, jail overcrowding affects who gets locked up
Independent Record
Several factors determine who is taken to jail when Montana law enforcement officers respond to a call. Jail overcrowding at the Lewis and Clark County Detention Center has changed how the law is enforced, said Lewis and Clark County Commission Chairman Mike Murray.More