Carrie Teegardin

Carrie Teegardin writes about health care with a focus on health policy and health care quality. In more than 20 years at the AJC, Teegardin has written articles on a wide range of topics and has been the recipient of numerous state and national awards. She worked on the newspaper's ""Borrower Beware"" series, a 2006 winner of the Gerald Loeb Award, the nation's top honor for financial journalism. Teegardin is a graduate of Duke University and lives in Atlanta with her family.

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Council to call for probation reforms
Court of Appeals Judge Michael P. Boggs

4:31 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015

Sweeping changes may be coming to the state system that places thousands of Georgians a year on probation to pay off traffic tickets and other fines. The Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform next week is expected to give final approval to a report that will call for limits on ...
Woman attempts suicide from Dunwoody hotel balcony

12:08 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015

A young woman attempted suicide Saturday morning by jumping from the 15th floor of a Dunwoody hotel, according to the Dunwoody Police Department. The woman, who was not identified by police, jumped from an exterior balcony of the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia. She was unconscious but still alive ...
Probation company shut down

3:24 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

The state’s County and Municipal Probation Advisory Council voted unanimously Wednesday to shut down South Georgia Probation, a private probation company accused of misconduct in its supervision of misdemeanor offenders. The council also banned the Darien-based company’s director, Shea Smith, from working in the state’s probation industry in the future, ...
Georgia council to scrutinize private probation firm

4:36 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, 2014

At a time when Georgia is rethinking its misdemeanor probation system, a tiny company in Darien is offering an example of how private probation can go wrong. State investigators found that South Georgia Probation, a mom-and-pop company supervising misdemeanor cases for the courts of Darien and McIntosh County, mishandled payments ...
Decade-old probation warrant shocked Georgia man
Ben Paquin is among tens of thousands of Georgians who were the targets of warrants that have been invalidated.

4:08 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014

Ben Paquin is among the thousands of Georgians who got a break when the Georgia Supreme Court ruled that judges could no longer put a hold on misdemeanor probation cases.Paquin just found out this year, when he was signing up to work as a volunteer firefighter in his hometown, that ...
Georgia Supreme Court ruling invalidates thousands of arrest warrants

3:05 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014

Judges across Georgia are cancelling tens of thousands of arrest warrants tied to misdemeanor probation cases, the result of a new Supreme Court decision that has upended the way courts handle low-level offenders accused of skipping out on probation requirements. The Supreme Court stunned Georgia judges and probation companies last ...
High c-section rates draw concerns
Lorena Wargo had a c-section for her first baby. After some searching she found a midwife practice that supported her hope to have a natural child birth with her second child. BRANT SANDERLIN / BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014

Atlanta’s Northside Hospital, which delivers more babies than any other community hospital in the nation, also stands out in another category: cesarean sections. Northside had one of the state’s highest c-section rates in 2013, with 39 percent of births done by c-section, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis of hospital ...
Ticket torment
Vera Cheeks, of Bainbridge, received a $135 for rolling through a stop sign. Going on probation gave her time to pay, but money was so tight that she was unable to make an immediate payment of $50. Her fiancé resorted to pawning Cheeks’ engagement ring and a Weed Eater so she could leave the building. “It just broke my heart,” Cheeks said. MARK WALLHEISER / Special for the AJC

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014

Vera Cheeks was hoping for mercy when she appeared in court for rolling through a stop sign. What she got was probation: Georgia’s high-cost solution for people who can’t immediately pay a traffic fine. “I’m thinking, for a ticket – I’m on probation?” Cheeks said. “What the heck happened?” Probation ...
Misdemeanor probation reforms on the table
If Georgians liked Gov. Nathan Deal’s first term in office, they’re probably going to love his second. Deal  saw his re-election Tuesday as a sign that Georgians support his  nothing-flashy brand of conservative politics that promises progress on a  few major fronts, low state taxes, a helping hand to businesses and  little in the way of bells and whistles.

3:59 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

At the direction of Gov. Nathan Deal, a panel of criminal justice experts has been studying the state’s misdemeanor probation system and is expected to make a slate of recommendations. “Transparency and oversight are probably the two key catch phrases that are driving what we’re doing,” said Georgia Court of ...
Cancer hospital’s charity care questioned
Governor Nathan Deal (right) poses with Ashley Cooper, CTCA staff, for a photo after he cut the ribbon with a patient, CTCA officials, friends and family members during the unveiling of the phase one facility expansion at Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Newnan. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

11:46 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014

When the General Assembly adopted a new approval process that allowed Cancer Treatment Centers of America to build a “destination cancer hospital” in Georgia, lawmakers mandated some good deeds: The hospital was required to provide charity care, serve patients covered by Medicaid and attract most of its patients from other ...



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