Bail Bonds: Not Just A Man’s Business
Almost every day we’ll speak to a client who is surprised to find a woman run bail bonds company. Many years ago the bail business was dominated by men but the times have changed. In California, you may be surprised to learn that more than half of the state’s licensed bail agents are of women. We understand that this factoid may leave a lot of people scratching their heads.
There are still a number of misconceptions when it comes to how bail bonds companies work. A big one is that all bondsmen are long-haired burly biker-men who sit behind desks all day, drinking whiskey and smoking cigars. Other people are confused by what they see on television. Those people often think we run around like members of the Justice League, chasing after bad-guys who decided to skip out on their court dates.
Don’t get us wrong, there are quite a few rugged-and-rough individuals who have found a home in our line of work; yet there are countless others from all walks of life who help people get out of jail on a daily basis. They might be college students, soccer moms, parents, grandparents or even culinary school graduates who decided they no longer enjoyed cooking for a living. They are young and old, male and female and from all ethnicities and backgrounds.
According to public perception, women tend to be more caring and compassionate than their male counterparts – which is why they are a natural fit for the bail industry. When clients call into an office because they have a friend or family member who has been arrested it can be soothing to speak to a person who takes a softer approach. In addition, speaking with a bail bonds-woman can be especially comforting to a female relative or girlfriend of a defendant.
There has also been an increase in the number of women who own bail bonds companies. In California, there are several 100% women-owned-and-operated bail bonds companies. Statistics like this point to a definite shift from the industry that once was to the industry that now is.
You might wonder, do men still dominate the field of bail recovery and bounty hunting? Absolutely. But with the increasing number of women who are retiring from the military and have decided to pursue a career in the bail industry, that number may soon be less skewed.