Frank Kopczynski of Action Plus Bail Bonds featured on Good Morning Clearwater.
Frank appeared on Good Morning Clearwater on TanTalk 1340-AM 106.1-FM to discuss his impact on the bail bonds industry.
“We don’t just get you out; we get you help.”
Frank has been involved with the justice system for over 30 years, since founding Action Plus Bail Bonds in 1988. He is an active supporter of the rights of those involved in the criminal justice process. He is truly a bail bondsman who cares. He illustrates the benefit of going above and beyond providing bail to not just the offender but to the entire community by saying if he can help someone stop drinking for example, then we are all safer on the roads:
"A Bailbondsman that Cares!?"
Action Plus Bail Bonds does so much more than churn out offenders.
As Kopczynski explained on Good Morning Clearwater, he once returned a domestic violence offender to jail instead of accepting his bail money when the defendant verbally threatened bodily harm to his spouse. Guided by his moral code, Kopczynski will turn down bail money in the face of a credible threat to another person.
Mr. Kopczynski could sit in his office and collect bail money day in and day out. Instead, he works hard to reduce recidivism by providing services and resources to give a defendant a chance to make better choices and have a better future. As he puts it, “Is it harder to do other than just taking the money and…Yeah it is, but you know what, it’s worth it”.
Action Plus Bail Bonds offers post release services and resources, alcohol monitoring, and more. In a Florida Trend article, President and CEO of Bridges of America, Lori Costantino-Brown says “Reentry programs are paramount in helping offenders find jobs once they complete their sentence. The programs offer vital education and employment assistance, giving participants a sense of purpose that helps them desist from crime.” (2016, Florida Trend)
"You do more than just get people of out jail."
The lack of employment opportunities once you have a criminal record is probably the most crucial obstacle to successful reentry into the community post release. Without a means to support oneself, a releasee is likely to reoffend. . Occupy.com lists lacks of employment as a leading factor of recidivism. “When someone finally gets released from prison, even if they want to live a normal life and be a productive member of society, their employment options are severely limited”. (2019, Stefanski) Kopczynski established the Pinellas Ex-Offender Reentry Coalition (PERC) to address this need and provide other valuable resources to released offenders.
"We find jobs for people."
Additionally, Mr Kopczynski’s healthcare background gives him a unique understanding of the relationship between substance abuse or mental health issues and crime. The American Psychological Association (APA) estimates that more than half of inmates in this country experience some degree of mental illness. Some of the many services ACBB offers include in & outpatient substance abuse and mental health treatment programs, online resources for people fighting addiction, trauma, stress management and depression, inpatient medical stabilization & withdrawal management, substance abuse assessment, anger management, batterer’s intervention assessments & classes and more.
Your Good Morning Clearwater hosts agree, if you need a bail bondsman, choose the one who cares. Frank Kopczynski and his team at Action Plus Bail Bonds are the right choice to provide much more than bail.