America’s “Offender-Funded” Probation Industry
This 72-page report describes how more than 1,000 courts in several US states delegate tremendous coercive power to companies that are often subject to little meaningful oversight or regulation. In many cases, the only reason people are put on probation is because they need time to pay off fines and court costs linked to minor crimes. In some of these cases, probation companies act more like abusive debt collectors than probation officers, charging the debtors for their services.
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- Profiting from Probation
- I. Background: Why Privatize Probation Services?
- II. Overview of the Private Probation Industry
- III. Probation Fees, Financial Hardship, and the Poor
- IV. Ignoring Offenders’ Inability to Pay
- V. “I Hope You Have My Money”: Abusive Collection Tactics
- VI. Where Responsibility Lies: Companies, Courts, and Governments
- VII. Human Rights Norms and “Offender-Funded” Probation