ExpertBail 101: School is in Session with Local Bail Bond Agent

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AIA/ExpertBail Agent Joel Horowitz teaches a local high school student about the bail bond industry and its vital role in the criminal justice system

S&H Bail Bonds in Van Nuys, California

S&H Bail Bonds in Van Nuys, California

What people don’t understand about the bail bond business is that it is nothing like the television shows and movies that people are being exposed to

If most people were asked what they know about the bail bond industry, they probably would consistently say “very little.” The small percentage of those that do claim to understand the business will usually explain it in the context of reality television and Hollywood movies. The problem is that perspective is not only far from the truth, but it creates a false stereotype consisting of fabricated drama designed to attract television audiences. However, if someone really wanted to learn the truth about the bail bond industry, the best resource to turn to is the obvious one…a bail bondsman. And that is what a young high school student did last week in Van Nuys, California.

Joel Horowitz of S&H Bail Bonds, a second generation bail bond agent and trusted member of the ExpertBail Network, spent an afternoon last week educating a young high school student on the realities of the bail bond industry. “What people don’t understand about the bail bond business is that it is nothing like the television shows and movies that people are being exposed to,” said Horowitz. “Comparatively, bail can actually be pretty boring and unglamorous.” What Horowitz continued to explain to the young man is that bail is less about the people that do it and more about the important role that bail plays in the criminal justice system. By ensuring that defendants who are released from jail pretrial show up for court, the bail bond industry is in essence, ensuring that the criminal justice system has a chance to work. If the defendant doesn't show up, then there is no trial and justice isn't served.

Horowitz spent much of the afternoon answering the young man’s many questions. They discussed everything from how does someone become a bail bond agent to the perceived dangers associated with the profession. “Most kids want to know how often I have to go after bad guys and kick in their door,” explains Horowitz. “When I tell them that bail agents are a lot like other insurance agents and that running around chasing bad guys is not something that we do every day, they are usually let down a bit. However, after I explain the process and how we are able to get defendants to show up more successfully than any other form of release, they do begin to get it.”

As most bail bond agents already know, educating the public (especially young people) on the bail industry and the criminal justice system overall is extremely important. According to Horowitz, “I am more than happy to spend a few moments with a young person talking about the bail industry and the criminal justice system as the topic of a school project as opposed to talking to them and their parents as potential clients. I am a strong believer that the more young people know about the system ahead of time, the better the chances they will stay out of trouble when it comes their way.”

The young high school student will now be translating his afternoon with Mr. Horowitz into his own documentary film project.

About The AIA Family of Companies
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 utilizes 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. AIA has become the overwhelming industry leader in agent service, national coverage, bail written and number of agents.

About The ExpertBail Network
The ExpertBail Network is the bail bond industry’s first true national bail bond brand. Comprised of the most experienced and highest quality bail agents in the industry, ExpertBail helps consumers reduce the clutter in the bail marketplace and directs them towards a trusted, proven and experienced bail agent in a simple and transparent way. Expert Bail is backed by AIA, the oldest and largest family of bail bond insurance companies. With over 150 years of stability, trust and knowledge behind every bond written in the ExpertBail Network, our focus is on the consumer and helping them through a difficult time. The mission of ExpertBail and its network of agents is not only to meet the expectations of our customers, but to exceed them substantially.

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