Moderated by Tom Sabulis
Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed legislation last week that would have allowed private probation companies to keep secret from the public details such as how many people they supervise and how much they collect in fines. Supporters of the bill said it would help private probation companies avoid frivolous litigation. Opponents warned it amounted to a gift to help shield the lucrative firms from more scrutiny. We hear from both sides today.
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Benefits of private probation
By Mark Contestabile
A recent audit of the state’s private probation industry found much to criticize while ignoring the many benefits the industry provides. Despite best efforts to be thorough, the limited number of cases studied may not provide an accurate picture of the industry or the scope of its services.
Georgia’s private probation industry provides a valuable and cost-effective service that enhances public safety. Nearly three dozen service