ExpertBail Raising Awareness and Money for Victims of CrimeMonday, May 9, 2011
When you think of Victim Advocacy, the last thing that probably comes to mind is the bail bond industry. Well, the team at ExpertBail thinks it should be one of the first things. In fact, they have decided to put their money where their mouth is and donate up to $25,000 to Victims’ Rights. All consumers need to do is go to www.expertbail.com/victimsrights or www.facebook.com/ExpertBail and “Like” ExpertBail and $1 will be donated to Victims Rights’ on behalf of ExpertBail.
ExpertBail is the first and only national brand in the bail bond industry. Launched 8 months ago, ExpertBail’s mission has been to both elevate the quality and perception of the bail bond industry and to educate consumers and key influencers about the important role that the bail bond industry plays in the criminal justice system. “By monitoring and tracking defendants while they are out on bail and ultimately ensuring that they show up for all scheduled court appearances, we are protecting public safety,” says Robert Kersnick, Chief Operating Officer of AIA, the nation’s oldest and largest family of bail bond insurance companies and creator of the ExpertBail Network. “The more we talked with our agents about the day-to-day operations of their businesses, the more we began to realize that the role they play in getting a defendant back to court is not just about protecting public safety, but it also plays a role in ensuring that the crime victim is getting an opportunity for justice by having his or her case heard.
In a survey conducted last year amongst a group of bail agents, ExpertBail discovered that 86% of bail agents have an interaction with a crime victim at least once a week. “When you begin to see the sheer numbers of interactions and the timeliness of those interactions that bail agents have with victims, it becomes pretty hard to ignore those opportunities,” says Kersnick. “We need to move past the stigma of the words “bail bondsmen” and the negative stereotypes it brings, and focus more on the reality of that profession and industry and the key role they can potentially play in guiding victims to the proper advocacy channels.”
ExpertBail is the bail bond industry’s first true national bail bond network. 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.
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.