This disturbing comment was sent to the GUARDIAN Friday by an admitted lawbreaker who claims he is being pressured by his private probation officer to support the for profit program.
“So I was asked by my probation officer today to fill out this card asking if I wanted supervised probation to be run by a private company or by the county and if I wanted it run by the county, did I want the courts to run it or the sheriffs office? What is this??
I’m here because I committed a crime and am paying my dues so to speak. But I’m getting pressured into taking their (for profit firm) side. Can I really give my honest answer when I have to fill it out in front of my PO, sign it and give it back to them?
What are my consequences going to be if I don’t side with them? Seems to me that this place is just a money machine and it SHOULD be run by the county. Hell, for all I know they’re filling out the cards themselves and putting whatever they want on them. But rather then facing consquences for the “wrong answer” I just put down what they apparently wanted to hear. That place is a joke!!”
Our May 24 PROBATION POST has become a lightning rod for those involved in the county misdemeanor probation system, offenders and operators alike.
The Ada Commishes told the GUARDIAN they were investigating allegations, but follow up calls have revealed little progress or resolution to the issues raised by the GUARDIAN reader’s comments.
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