LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The week leading up to Christmas is one of the busiest for shopping malls and post offices but it's also one of the busiest weeks for the bail bond business.
Michael Smith owns Big Mike Bail Bonds on Broad Street, which is located less than a quarter mile from the Calcasieu Correctional Center.
Smith said just like package delivery companies, the week leading up to Christmas is one of the busiest weeks of the year for bail bond agencies because people want to spend the holidays with their loved ones.
"It's kind of like the post office and the UPS, it's their peak season. It's our peak season too in the bail bonds because basically the calls don't stop," Smith explained. "Everyone wants to be home during the holidays; have their family members there to enjoy the feast. Kids want to be reunited with their parents. It's just a nice big time for everybody for the holidays. Nobody wants to be in jail and everyone wants to get out."
In fact, between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, Smith said his business triples.
"Basically per day, we get about anywhere from five to six calls and during the busy time on weekends and holidays, that may go up to like 12 to 15 calls," he said.
For Travis Mouton, the owner of AAA-1 Travis Bail Bonds, his business skyrockets.
"I would estimate at least 88 percent," Mouton said.
Mouton said when he can help a client spend the holiday with their loved one, it's a win-win situation.
"It makes me feel good because everybody's happy. I'm happy, so it's an even trade. I can sleep at night knowing that I helped someone out and knowing that I made a little something," said Mouton.
Smith said he expects numerous calls on Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day.