Bail Bond Industry Leader, Jerry Watson, Honored by National Legislative Organization

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During the American Legislative Exchange Council's (ALEC) 37th annual meeting in San Diego, CA, the American Bail Coalition's Senior Legal Counsel, Jerry Watson was awarded ALEC's Leadership Award. This award is presented to the ALEC board member who has shown exemplary service over the years.

Jerry Watson receiving the ALEC Leadership Award at this year's annual meeting in San Diego

...Jerry has been instrumental in helping ALEC members implement such successful policies in their states. We recognize him and thank him for his efforts."

During the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) 37th annual meeting in San Diego, CA, the American Bail Coalition’s Senior Legal Counsel, Jerry Watson was awarded ALEC’s Leadership Award. This award is presented to the ALEC board member who has shown exemplary service over the years. Watson was selected to receive this honor for his unwavering commitment to ALEC’s Jeffersonian Principles of free markets, limited government and individual liberty. Watson has received numerous ALEC awards including the prestigious Thomas Jefferson Freedom Award, but the Leadership Award is truly a unique honor.

Watson was recognized for his commitment to the private sector in the war on crime and his tireless and generous contributions to ALEC and its members. Representing the American Bail Coalition, Watson has actively participated on ALEC’s Task Force on Criminal Justice and has undertaken several projects with the ALEC Foundation, including the publication of Evidence of a Failed System: A Study of the Performance of Pretrial Release Agencies in California.

“The most innovative criminal justice policies being proposed today are those that utilize the private sector to perform corrections functions. Streets and neighborhoods are made safer when we rely on the private sector to supervise defendants, and Jerry has been instrumental in helping ALEC members implement such successful policies in their states,” says ALEC Executive Director Ron Scheberle. “We recognize him and thank him for his efforts.”

ALEC is the nation’s largest bipartisan membership organization of state legislators. Included among its members are 31 Speakers, 37 Presidents and Senate Pro Tems, 25 Senate Majority and Minority Leaders, and 38 House Majority and Minority Leaders.

Watson received the award at ALEC’s 37th Annual Meeting in San Diego, California on August 4-8. Watson has chaired numerous board committees and served as ALEC’s Private Enterprise Board Chairman 2006-2008. Today he is the Board’s Chairman Emeritus. His participation in this organization began through his position as Senior Legal Counsel for The American Bail Coalition. ABC is comprised of the nation’s bail surety insurance companies. Watson serves as the Chief Legal Officer of AIA, the nation’s largest and oldest underwriters of bail insurance.

About AIA
The AIA family of companies has been partnering with agents across the country for over a century. Formed in 2003 as an alliance of the surety bail industry’s leading companies, Allegheny Casualty, International Fidelity and Associated Bond (AIA), utilize a unique “service- focused” approach to management, that provides its family of agents with the knowledge, tools and commitment they need to grow their business and succeed. With over 150 years of combined experience, AIA has become the overwhelming industry leader in agent service, national coverage, bail bonds written and number of agents.

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