“Oh the stories I could tell,” said Morgan Foster, bail bondsman and recovery agent for Bail-ey Bonds. “I have the craziest circumstances and people come across my desk. It never gets boring.”
In 2012, Foster was working at an attorney’s office and pursuing her associate’s degree in criminal justice when she was approached by the owner of Bail-ey Bonds. She had never considered being a bondsman or recovery agent at the time, but the owner thought her personality would be a good fit for the work.
Foster does everything from writing bonds to recovery missions when people jump bail to tracking down clients who haven’t paid back their bonds. She deals with felons and families and folks who find themselves in unfortunate situations.
After six years on the job, Foster still only knows of three other women who share her profession.
“You have to be a strong woman to last in this profession,” Foster said. “In this line of work, people will say anything to get you upset. You just have to take a deep breath, and get back to work.”
While Foster enjoys her job and the unpredictability of the day-to-day, she said there are definitely times she questions her safety.
“Men are taken more seriously in this profession, so there are times when I fear for my safety. Since having a baby last year, it feels like there’s more at risk,” Foster said.
On a recent recovery mission, Foster was tracking down someone who jumped bail. The suspect happened to be an identical twin and Foster found herself at a table with the suspect and his twin. She took a wild guess at which twin was the suspect and asked to see his ID. She arrested him on the spot.
“I can still remember the guy’s friends laughing when they saw a young, blond woman track him down and put him under arrest,” Foster recalls, laughing. “The scenarios and disguises you find yourself in for this job are hilarious.”
While Foster has experienced the obvious drawbacks of being a woman in her field, she finds there are advantages to being a woman bondsman as well.
“Sometimes a mom who comes in to get bail money for their child finds extra comfort just because there’s a woman there to tell her it’s going to be okay,” Foster said. “Mothers want to talk to other women when they’re in this situation because they think women are more sympathetic.”
Foster appreciates that her job allows her to comfort people at some of the lowest times in their lives and hopes that the future for women in the bondsman and recovery field is strong.
“I’m hopeful about the future of this profession. The hours can be crazy but the schedule is also exible, which working moms need. Every day on this job is more interesting than the last,” Foster said.