COMPANY PROFILE: Gina Powell Cole: Guarantor on Bail, Interventionist
ByFebruary 26, 2022 7:00 a.m.
GALION–Gina Powell Cole, owner of AA American Bail Bonds, combines tenacity and compassion.
She opened AA American Bail Bonds in 2005 after a brief career as a correctional officer. Today, she is also a certified interventionist and helps drug addicts get the help they need.
“I bailed people out and chased fugitives for 17 years,” Gina said.
When an inmate calls her for help, she springs into action. Securing a co-signer is key, she says.
“I usually find a family member, someone stable with a job to bail on.”
It is his calling. Helping drug addicts became his passion.
“I’m working to put them on the road to recovery.”
She partnered with BrightView, an outpatient clinic in Mansfield.
“They are an incredible facility. It’s an addiction treatment center, and it’s all in-house with them,” she said.
Gina started hunting the fugitives.
“In the beginning, all of us in the industry as rookies loved to hunt. It’s a thrill. But it’s also dangerous. After a while, it’s not as much fun,” he said. she declared.
Gina boasts of having a perfect record for those on the run.
“Every fugitive I had to hunt, I caught. It’s something I’m very proud of,” she said.
Unlike TV shows that portray bounty hunters, there is a process involved.
“We don’t just jump in a car and kick down doors, you know. We work with law enforcement and let them know what we are doing and where we are going to be.
Bail bondsmen work with a variety of agencies.
“We work closely with the courts; it is the most important. I work a lot with probation. Many of our people are under pre-trial surveillance while a case is pending.
There are conditions on bail which may include checking with his probation officer or regular drug testing.
“Dealing with different people, I have a knack for that. We are all human. I don’t judge them,” Gina said.
“I am fair and honest with my clients. My job is to get them out of jail and secure their appearance in court.
She said she respects incarcerated people.
“Good people sometimes make bad decisions. You are innocent until proven guilty.
Gina managed to inject an element of fun into her work and her life.
“I made a board game, Jail Or Bail. It’s like Monopoly, but it’s not. It’s got cards and dice. It’s a fun, interactive game. You’re constantly changing seat with other people,” she said.
He is available on Amazon and features his likeness on the cover. It is for 2 to 6 players.
For her career, admits Gina, “it’s been a long road, but I’m not going to give up anytime soon”.
Contact them at 125 N. Columbus St., Galleon or 419-522-0607; or online at bailbondsboss.com.