The bill would have authorized private probation companies to contract with county and municipal judges to oversee misdemeanor probationers. Private probation companies would have been able to exercise the full range of powers of a public probation officer to monitor a probationer, including electronic tracking, drug and alcohol testing, and assessing fees for the expense of supervising the probationer. The Act would have allowed the private probation company to appeal to a judge to toll the probationer’s sentence if the probationer failed to comply with any of the terms of the probation, including paying fees.
Georgia State University Law Review,
Agreements for Probation Services HB 837,
Ga. St. U. L. Rev.
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