Private Probation

Editorial: A valid veto

Gov. Nathan Deal absolutely did the right thing in vetoing a severely flawed private probation services bill this past week.

Had it become... Read more

Governor vetoes private probation bill

Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed legislation Tuesday that would have expanded the powers of private probation firms and shrouded their operations in... Read more

Letter: Industry misunderstood

Media coverage of the private probation industry has been rife with misinformation portraying service providers as concerned only with profit. As... Read more

Audit finds private probation problems

An audit to determine how well misdemeanor probation operations run in Georgia found courts and providers... Read more

Editorial: A trap for probationers

There are a few bills from the 2014 Georgia General Assembly that Gov. Nathan Deal should refuse to sign.

House Bill 837 should be at the... Read more

Letter: Probation bill clarified

The Augusta Chronicle recently has criticized passage of Georgia House Bill 837 authored by state Rep. Mark Hamilton and carried by state... Read more

Probation bill tabled in House

What looked like smooth sailing last month for the passage of legislation to extend the powers of private, for-profit probation companies hit a... Read more

Editorial: Involuntary servitude

Outsourcing probation services to private companies sounds like a great idea.

Ahem. Sounds.

In theory, shifting oversight of... Read more

Rights group finds probation practices abusive


The kinds of allegations of abuse and civil rights violations leveled at the private probation firm Sentinel Offender Services and... Read more

Act would empower for-profit probation companies


As Superior Court Judge Daniel J. Craig predicted at one of the court hearings concerning Sentinel Offender Services, efforts are... Read more



Probation company has another lawsuit filed against it

A traffic stop that led to a woman’s false arrest and imprisonment in Richmond County is the basis for a new... Read more

Editorial: A need for more reform

One way or another, Sentinel Offender Services likely will change the way it does business.

It would be preferable if Georgia’s largest... Read more

Bipartisan support in Washington for reform of misdemeanor courts

Republican and Democratic senators on Wednesday agreed that the nation can no longer ignore what they see as the... Read more

Man indicted on driving charges in near fatal crash

A 24-year-old Augusta man accused of drunken driving when he caused a vehicle crash that nearly killed his... Read more