A bill meant to regulate the private probation industry and insulate it from legal challenge has taken a sharp turn in the General Assembly. Instead of instituting new rules, critics say the bill that won Senate approval Tuesday night is aimed at protecting the $40 million industry’s most legally questionable practices and shielding the public from how it operates.
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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution spent months reviewing thousands of pages of documents and about a dozen lawsuits involving Georgia’s private probation system, which critics allege orders legally questionable arrests to collect fees. The AJC will continue following this story as the General Assembly and the state Supreme Court weigh in on how the industry will operate.