Georgia high court grants Sentinel request

Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 7:43 PM
Last updated Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 5:21 AM
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Georgia’s Supreme Court has granted a private probation company’s emergency request that will allow Richmond County State Court judges to go back to imposing electronic monitoring.

The order also clears the way for the judges to keep a misdemeanor probationer under the court’s control after an original sentence has expired if Sentinel Offender Services accuses the person of violating terms of probation.

Judge Daniel J. Craig had prohibited both practices in a ruling last month. The Supreme Court order granted Sentinel a stay pending an appeal.

The Supreme Court order was filed Thursday, according to the court’s electronic docket, and will remain in effect until the court rules on Sentinel’s appeal.

Sentinel’s attorneys are appealing a Sept. 16 order from Craig in which he ruled that state law prohibits private probation companies from performing certain tasks, including electronic monitoring and “tolling” – stopping a sentence from expiring.

Civil lawsuits against Sentinel are still pending in Superior Court in Richmond and Columbia counties, but rulings in class-action lawsuits can be appealed before a final decision is rendered.

In its petition to the Supreme Court, Sentinel contends that Craig’s order effectively ends all probation services for private probation companies. The administration of justice will be dismantled if Sentinel’s request isn’t granted because Richmond County State Court judges will be
left powerless, the petition contends.

Plaintiff’s attorney John B. Long said via e-mail Thursday that the Supreme Court decision was made before any brief could be filed on behalf of the plaintiffs. Their side might ask the court to reconsider, Long said.

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willie Lee
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willie Lee 10/24/13 - 10:14 pm
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Prime Example
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Now this is exactly how the Georgia Supreme Court works. They hear one side of the story and make a decision that affects everyone in the state. Forget what the truth might be. The normal and proper method of being a judge is to hear "ALL" the evidence and then make a sound legal ruling based on the applicable law and the facts of the case. Not hear! Our court has turned the goons of Sentinel loose to prey on the citizens of our state with no outlined training or experience to be a probation officer. They put people in jail on a whim and most of the time it is only because they can.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 10/24/13 - 10:28 pm
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Follow the money. The

Follow the money. The Supremes will probably have a nice Christmas. This is not about justice...this is not about what is right and wrong.....it is about money.....big money.....state wide......follow it.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 10/25/13 - 01:54 am
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Sentinel is doing a horrible

Sentinel is doing a horrible job and everyone knows it.

Graymare
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Graymare 10/25/13 - 06:38 am
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Really?

S.S.D.D.

jmo
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jmo 10/25/13 - 06:56 am
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dichotomy,

It's ALWAYS about the money.

Marinerman1
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Marinerman1 10/25/13 - 08:33 am
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We Can Only Hope and Pray

We can only hope and pray that Sentinel will be shuttered after the lawsuits are brought to trial.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 10/25/13 - 09:07 am
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So I understand right

It is up a PRIVATE Company that makes $$$$ from the service, and the courts system to determine is a person has served their probation?

Why do I think there needs to be a Independent review of all such cases?

David Parker
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David Parker 10/25/13 - 09:13 am
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The high court of Georgia

The high court of Georgia grants the request of a private business that operated unethically and unlawfully due to the voting fiasco. Sounds to me like Sentinel waved a lawsuit at the State and got their way. The fact that the county/state didn't perform their due dilligence in securing Sentinel (via a vote) puts them at risk as Sentinel has invested in the business in good faith? This is just a case of one hand washing the other and nothing more. Both are going somewhere in a hand-basket anyway.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/25/13 - 09:23 am
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What happened to county grand jury investigations?
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What happened to county grand jury investigations?

studmuffin1533
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studmuffin1533 10/26/13 - 08:42 am
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Sentinel

The only way to resolve this issue is for the local sentinel rep to do the same jail time she improperly imposes upon her clients. And to hit the California parent company for a healthy dose of punitive damages.
Law enforcement for profit without proper oversight is fascism.
A friend of mine was on probation for a traffic offense. At a court hearing, the Sentinel rep told him he needed to go to the office and report in. There was no one there during the office hours posted on the door, but he had his friend document with a pic that he indeed did show. The next week he was jailed without hearing for 46 days. Lost his job working for his grandfather. As my friend was the primary technician for his grandfather's business, the business closed. He figures the total damages to his family was over $100k.

lsmith
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lsmith 10/28/13 - 03:36 pm
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Sentinel is an aberration to
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Sentinel is an aberration to our judicial system. All private probation services and private run prisons should be shuttered. No saying somebody got to the judge but it looks like somebody got to the judge. As earlier poster said, follow the money

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