Georgia’s private-probation industry responds

NOTE: The following is a response to my recent blogpost regarding the impact of Georgia’s private probation industry. The author, John Prescott, is president of the Community Corrections Association of Georgia. In a related development, the Grantville Municipal Court judge who fined a woman $1,590 for forgetting to put her license-plate decal on her car has rescinded the fine.

BY JOHN PRESCOTT

In his recent blogpost, “Georgia’s probation system has become an economic parasite”, Jay Bookman suggests the private probation industry is responsible for the high number of misdemeanor probationers in Georgia.  Simply put, probation companies do not determine who gets put on probation.

And, in reality, there is no financial incentive for the courts to sentence anyone to probation services operated by a private probation company…. none. 

The courts make all sentencing decisions. That includes who is sentenced to probation, drug screening, electronic monitoring, community service and incarceration…. not the probation provider. Public and private probation providers simply carry out the judge’s orders by monitoring, supervising and reporting back to the court the progress of the probationer through the term of their sentence. 

To suggest that courts systematically boost up the number of people on probation just to help the finances of probation companies is ridiculous. 

We agree that Georgia probation numbers appear higher than other states. But we believe it is more so rooted in how the data is recorded. For instance, we believe many of the offenders that commit crimes in different court systems are not recorded as one person committing multiple crimes, but rather as multiple offenders. Georgia lacks a shared integrated database of offenders between its numerous court systems. We believe duplicate reporting has artificially boosted misdemeanor probation numbers. 

Lastly, Bookman takes another swipe at the fees collected by the probation industry while failing to mention a couple of key facts.  First, he fails to mention in the fees we collect, that a substantial portion of that fee goes to reimburse victims of crime through The Georgia Crime Victims Fund.  Also, in citing pay-only cases such as the one he mentions in the article, we are statutorily limited in fees we can collect for the work we do.  For instance, we may be responsible for collecting court ordered fines for 24 months, but we are only entitled to collect three months of fees regardless of the number of months necessary for the case to be paid in full.  We make our money providing services, and the pay-only collections we perform for the Courts is certainly not a profit center for our businesses.

Like any industry, the public and private probation industry has had its share of challenges. But it’s also important to note that our industry is highly regulated, transparent, and has partnered with the courts to supervise a robust probation population at no cost to the taxpayer.  

“Reforming” private probation operators out of business in Georgia will not decrease the number of people committing misdemeanor crimes, but it will surely make the taxpayers the victims with the burden of hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of supervision costs for crimes committed against them in Georgia.

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td1234
td1234

2nd Amendment sheets

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@FIGMO2 @td1234 

I've always wondered just what "sheetz" means.  Is it a euphemism for poo, or a reference to the newspaper, or...what?

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

Mary Elizabeth Sings

Again, Donnie, I do not believe you see into Hillary Clinton with any depth, but only see her on the surface or as a cliche.

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I haven't seen into Hillary Clinton, a figure who has been in the public spotlight for two-and-a-half decades in three different high-profile roles? Her actions have been characterized by her steadfast position as a toady of Wall St. banks and big corporations, passing regressive policing measures during her husband's presidency, which she staunchly backed, and her status as a warmonger that is unsurpassed even by the likes of stalwart, bomb-happy militarists like John McCain and Lindsay Graham. 

This record is very clear and not really open to debate. The facts are the facts. This is not a person who is new to public life. 

If you think that the conclusions I've laid out about Hillary Clinton's basic political profile are groundless or based upon shallow thinking, cliche, etc., then you have a formidable burden of proof indeed if you want that to come across as doing anything other than simply fretting over a person being justly held to account for their record.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@Donnie_Pinko


Loaded words/phrases without nuance in your above post:  "toady of Wall Street," "passing regressive policing measures during her husband's presidency" (She was not in the Congress during her husband's tenure as president.  She is not Bill Clinton.), "warmonger that is unsurpassed. . . ."

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I am not going to spend the limited time left in my life doing research, Donnie, in order to "justify" my opinion of Hillary Clinton.  I will say this to you and to the reading audience of this blog, "Watch how Hillary Clinton performs as President of the United States, and you will see how her mind/soul are, with depth." 


I gave unbelieving posters the same advice regarding their cynicism as to both the effectiveness and caliber of Barack Obama's vision and mission for the United States during his initial (and later) tenure in office to the ridicule of some here who referred to my ideas regarding Obama as a silly, romantic schoolgirl crush. These same people without insight of depth are now saying the same things about my perceptions of Hillary Clinton.  We shall see truth as truth unfolds in time.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

So who gets to announce SHEETZ upon jay's long awaited return?

The possibility is SO EXCITING!

Let it be me...Me...MEEEEEEEEEE!!!

schnirt

I'll be back to see who wins the PRIZE! 

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

So Anita Dunn is suggesting Sheryl Sandberg as Hillary's VP?

Interesting on so many levels.

Very telling should Hillary choose to take Dunn's advice. 

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@FIGMO2  The most interesting thing is that few people have ever heard of Anita Dunn - and she floated the Clinton-Sandberg trial balloon 7 weeks ago to little effect.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@PaulinNH @FIGMO2

It's not over till the fat lady sings.

To know Hillary is to....WELL....

know Hillary!

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@PaulinNH @FIGMO2

People never heard of a campaign adviser and aide to Barack Obama?

Do tell!

I remember Dunn well.

Was Obama naive when selecting Dunn? Can Hillary claim naivete should she take Dunn's advise?


KUTGF
KUTGF

When police raided a home occupied by two Trump supporting neo-Nazi brothers in Mt. Sinai, New York on Thursday, it wasn't long before they realized they may have stopped another shooting like the one that happened a week ago in Orlando, Florida.

In the 6:00 a.m. raid, officers recovered six assault rifles, four rifles, a handgun, 25 high-capacity magazines, a shotgun, and some 3,000 to 5,000 rounds of ammunition.

Eeeek.

This Creepy Neo-Nazi Is A Trump SupporterBrothers Edward Perkowski, 29, and Sean Perkowski, 25, also had a copious supply of neo-Nazi and white power paraphernalia in their single-story suburban home, police said. And Edward Perkowski is a supporter of Donald Trump. Considering Trump's racist rhetoric, this should come as no surprise.
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Our RWers will deny there is a problem with Trump supporters becoming radicalize.  I think we need to call them Radical Trump Supporters.  But of course, this can't be blamed on Islam so its not really a RWer concern.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@KUTGF 

Lone wolves.

Nothing to see here.

Move along.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@KUTGF  Maybe these are exactly the people Trump thinks should be "profiled".

Kamchak
Kamchak

Trump parts ways with campaign manager 

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has parted ways with his embattled campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, amid ongoing scrutiny over several missteps as the real estate mogul has sought to pivot to the general election.

“The Donald J. Trump Campaign for President, which has set a historic record in the Republican Primary having received almost 14 million votes, has today announced that Corey Lewandowski will no longer be working with the campaign,” Hope Hicks said in a statement to the New York Times. “The campaign is grateful to Corey for his hard work and dedication and we wish him the best in the future.”

KUTGF
KUTGF

@Kamchak Hmmmm..... if it were Hillary...she would be dooooooommmmmmed I tell ya. 

perhaps he can help beat up some female reporters on his own time now? 

SimpleTruths
SimpleTruths

@gotalife Hey, The Warriors didn't win the NBA Finals last night.  I recall you writing the Cavs off after Game 1 of the series.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Donnie_Pinko 

I typically don't post verse from imperial apologists without a strongly worded disclaimer.

Well isn't that just so --- precious?

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

Based on my remarks to Peaches, below, perhaps readers can now understand why President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders have such an animus toward Donald Trump.  It is not personal so much as it stems from the fact that Donald Trump represents everything that America's future does NOT stand for, in terms of egalitarianism and any authentic kind of spiritual evolution of humanity.


These are people, essentially of vision, which Donald Trump lacks, sorely.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@MaryElizabethSings 

The very economic policies pursued and supported by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, if not Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, are what is fueling the rise of Donald Trump, who is only able to posture as a savior of the most distressed elements of the working class because of the utter abandonment of those sections of the population by the Democratic Party in recent decades. 

Your 'spiritual evolution of humanity' is crashing against the shoals of a brutal future, as ever greater segments of the working population become losers in the zero sum economic death machine that Democrats no less than Republicans have been building for the enrichment of a tiny few. 

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@Donnie_Pinko @MaryElizabethSings


I have faith in the ultimate goodness of humanity prevailing, Donnie.  You do not.  Our essential philosophical way of seeing this Universe is seemingly polar opposites.  I will never be a cynic because at my very core, I believe in God.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@Donnie_Pinko @MaryElizabethSings


I believe that education can enlighten, and save all humankind, as did Thomas Jefferson, especially through the model of government that our Founding Fathers gave to us.  (Ben Franklin: "A Republic, ma'am, if you can keep it.")


You see humanity as destined for destruction because of the evil in some people toward self-serving greed.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@MaryElizabethSings @Donnie_Pinko 

But in any case, what does 'education' of the populace or the ultimate goodness of humanity have to do with my claim that your hopes of a spiritual evolution of humanity will be dashed by the crushing reality of a doomsday economic system that has been constructed to benefit a small portion of humanity at the expense of all the rest?

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@Donnie_Pinko @MaryElizabethSings


The people of this nation and of this planet are beginning to see or to awaken to the machinations of those who would serve only the few as opposed to serving the masses.  (Donald Trump's few, btw, is limited to one - himself, alone, imho.)

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

From your Glenn Greenwald excerpt below, FIGMO: 

Still, it’s hard not to be encouraged by the disgust which the citizenry clearly has for the political establishment regardless of party, as well as the resulting (and increasing) fear and confusion on the part of the political class. This sort of citizenry anger can re-arrange political alignments and explode political orthodoxies in fundamental and unpredictable ways. There is, to be sure, a risk in that, but there is a far greater risk in simply allowing the destructive political status quo to linger in unchanged form for much longer.

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The notion of the status quo not as a safe harbor from a storm, but in fact a contributing factor in them, it's an insight that liberals are blind to and profoundly hostile to.


FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@Donnie_Pinko

I'm feeling adventurous.

Not sure why jay's liberals are so dependent on the status quo.

Perhaps they're self-loathing liberals?

schnirt

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@FIGMO2 @Donnie_Pinko 

It's simple, they're conservatives. They see the status quo not as something to be cast aside, but as something to hold on to.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@Donnie_Pinko @FIGMO2

What they don't like about you, Donnie?

You're a political civil warmonger, you are.

(ISH)=Insert Smile Here

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

Peaches: "This (Brexit and the EU) is very similar to the Union taking the South back in after the civil war, why?"

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My response to Peaches, and to PaulinNH, well below:

You know that I think in terms of evolutionary process, don't you, Peaches?


I see that evolutionary process on this planet as one in which nationalities will ultimately disappear, but cultures will not.  Analogy:  All flowers have equal value and worth, but their beauty is unique to themselves.


I see the world moving from a masculine psyche (dominating and winning) to a more feminine psyche (understanding and nurturing).  (Please remember that men and women both have elements of the masculine and feminine psyches within their consciousness.)


This Union needed to be saved, as Lincoln well knew, so that its tenets of egalitarianism (feminine consciousness) might be preserved for all time, on the planet as a model that multiculturalism (black/white primarily in 1860 in the U.S.) might be shown to be successful to the world for all time. ("The American Experiment")


Now, the world is becoming more global and more multicultural in every part of the world through massive communications via internet, etc.  We are all becoming one world, not in a dictatorial (masculine) way but in an egalitarian way.  Britain's being part of the EU, irrespective of the success or not of the entire EU economically, is a first step toward inclusion of all on the planet as one, not exclusion of the "winners" over the "losers."  That is what is behind the concept of the South having been reunited with the Union instead of simply being allowed to do its own thing and pull out from the Union forever, I believe as Lincoln had the vision to see, and Jefferson before him.)  Seeing ourselves as separated from the rest of humanity (Apartheid in South Africa) is a thing of the past, not the future.  Barack Obama sees that, and so does his protege, Hillary Clinton.  That is primarily why he is endorsing her - Barack and Hillary, essentially, share that same, egalitarian vision for humanity's long, evolutionary future. 


 "The moral arc of the Universe is long, but it bends toward Justice." - MLK. I would add, with my spiritual genetic background, that it bends toward seeking the Godhead of us all on this planet.