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Busy time of year for bail bond agents

JACKSON, MO (KFVS) -

No one wants to spend the holidays in jail.

Once the presents are bought from the store, the next stop for some families is the courthouse.

Keith Douglas, a bail bond agent in Jackson, said he is in the business of helping people.

In this region, bails bonds average upwards of $8,000.

During the holidays, some come down in price and there are even payment options available so families have a better chance of being together on Christmas.

Douglas said Christmas Eve is a busy time for families to rush in and get their loved ones out of jail.

"Families want to make sure their children have their Christmas," he said. "Father will come home and mother will come home at some time. A lot of the time the money is reserved until the Christmas gifts are paid and then at Christmas time the judge will come in and make changes, which lowers bonds and make them more affordable for them to get out."

In eight years, Douglas said this December has been one of their busiest.

He credits the economy.

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