If you are a bail bond agent or someone that works in the bail bond industry then you have probably seen the new marketing materials being distributed by a group calling themselves the Justice Policy Institute or JPI…of course not to be confused with PJI (the Pretrial Justice Institute). While their philosophies seem to be the same, they are different organizations. The marketing piece that I am referring to is entitled, “Bail Fail: Why the US Should End the Practice of Using Money for Bail.” As you can probably tell by the title, it is a piece that concerns me both as an individual in the commercial bail bond industry, but even more as a member of my local community. Why? Because we all know that releasing someone from jail pretrial on an unsecured promise to return to court is the most ineffective way to ensure the appearance of that defendant in court. To release them without a financial guarantee of some kind is in essence letting them out for FREE with NO ACCOUNTABILITY to the system. No accountability to show up for court. No accountability to pay for their crime. And ultimately no accountability the victim.
Let me end with this. AIA is comprised of three companies, Allegheny Casualty Company, which has been around for almost 80 years, International Fidelity Insurance Company which has been around for over 107 years, andAssociated Bond, who has been around for 80 years. We underwrite more bail than any other surety in the country and all three of our companies couldn’t be stronger and more successful. If anything these three companies are a testament of the effectiveness of bail as a profession and a safe and reliable form of release. So call it money bail or anything you want, but in the real world the proof is in the pudding and financially secured release through a commercial bail bond does work and it does so better than every other method around….oh yeah and it doesn’t cost taxpayers a thing.