Don't expect Dog the Bounty Hunter look-alikes for this weekend's Bail Association conference
Shana Rose Reporting
As bounty hunters and bail bondsmen meet in New Orleans this weekend for their summer conference, we got a chance to take a look at the real world of bounty hunting.
But if you're thinking about Dog the Bounty Hunter, famous for his reality show, that's TV, not real life says local bounty hunter Matt Dennis. "About 90% of our work is not camera-worthy. It's very boring. There's way more to bounty hunting than just knocking on doors; there's courtroom work, clerk office work." He stresses, "There's a lot of work."
In real life most recovery agents don't look like the ultimate warrior Dennis says. "Mostly, 90% of your bondsman look professional. They wear some type of identifiable clothing or they dress in suits."
But in Louisiana they are licensed to carry a gun.
Most of the time he says the capture is actually uneventful. "So you generally catch them not doing something wrong. Maybe sleeping, or watching TV, eating supper, or even at work. But it can get eventful, as some people are facing a lot of jail time. In 1996 we had a girl shoot herself and kill herself. NOPD was with us when it happened."
So he says it's very sad, because "these things can go sideways."
The Professional Bail Association of the U.S. Summer Conference is happening at Royal Sonesta from July 28-31. The three-day expo welcomes bail bonds professionals from across the country.