Are there women in the bail bonds industry?
The bail bonds industry is one which is primarily dominated by men due to the risk and danger involved in detaining a defendant should the need arise. Bail bonds evolved from the posse days when individuals were forced to take vigilante justice in rural areas where the government could not properly enforce their laws. Because of this the primary nature of the business has been dominated by a patriarchal mindset. A bail agent or bondsman is typically perceived to be a rough and rugged individual who is tenacious and determined however this is not always the case.
Although the role of a bounty hunter is one which does require a great level of risk, training, skill and tactics this is not the same thing as a bondsman or bail bonds agent. In recent years women have become dramatically more prevalent as bail agents and in some cases they are even found accepting roles in the bounty hunting or fugitive recovery sector as well. A good reason for this is due to the amount of ex-military women that exist in modern times. These women have already served their countries and put themselves in harm’s way to ensure the safety of the public and the nation. Former military and law enforcement females have begun migrating over to the bail bonds industry.
The most famous female in the industry is Beth Chapman. She is not just the wife of the famous Dog Chapman or "Dog the Bounty Hunter", she actually began her career when she was 21 and was the youngest women in the bail bonds industry in the state of Colorado at the time. She was involved in changes in legislation within Colorado as pertaining to the commercial bail industry and her reputation precedes her in the industry.
Although there are many more examples of women that are making huge strides in the bond industry their names remain hidden from the public. In actuality there are not many famous bondsman with public reputations except for the previously mentioned ones. Having mixed genders in the industry is a blessing in disguise for a variety of factors.
Women are typically more compassionate, caring, and have a stronger attention to detail than men statistically. Because of the nature of the industry being compassionate and comforting are qualities that benefit the clients in their times of need. The nature of the bail bonds industry is that a customer usually only contacts a bondsmen when they are in an emergency situation or are experiencing a crisis. Customers are typically vulnerable, scared, and unsure of what to expect. This is where a woman’s approach can become more valuable than a man’s to alleviate the concerns of the customer, defendant or family members that are involved in the incident.
Although the bail bonds industry is still primarily dominated by males, this is a trend which is starting to balance out on both sides of the gender divides. This is becoming more evident primarily in the larger metro cities where there are a couple of female exclusive bail bonds companies that are providing Los Angeles Bail Bonds in LA County.
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