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Supreme Court: Private probation firms can't extend sentences

Georgia Supreme Court this morning rules courts are prohibited from lengthening a misdemeanor probationer's sentence beyond the original order. But it finds that judges can impose electronic monitoring on misdemeanor defendants as a condition of probation. More details from the 41-page opinion coming on MyAJC.com

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Lois Norder is Senior Editor for Investigations in the newsroom at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.