Sentinel Offender Services Emergency Motion Granted by Georgia’s Supreme Court

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Sentinel Offender Services was granted an Emergency Motion for Supersedeas of Injunctive Relief on October 24th by the Supreme Court of Georgia.

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We are pleased the Supreme Court weighed in and reached this conclusion so quickly. We look forward to reinstating the services requested by the courts of Richmond County

Sentinel Offender Services, a national provider of offender management services, was granted an Emergency Motion for Supersedeas of Injunctive Relief on October 24th by the Supreme Court of Georgia. (Case No. S14M0203).

The Supreme Court decision stems from a September 16th order from Judge Daniel J. Craig, in which he ruled that state law prohibits private probation companies from performing certain tasks, including electronic monitoring and “tolling”, a practice utilized by the courts to prevent the expiration of a case when a probationer has absconded from supervision.

Sentinel’s attorneys maintained that Judge Craig’s order virtually ended all probation services delivered by misdemeanant probation providers, leaving Richmond County State Court judges powerless to enforce sentences if the order was not quickly reversed.

Mark Contestabile, Chief Business Development Officer and Divisional President comments, “We are pleased the Supreme Court weighed in and reached this conclusion so quickly. We look forward to reinstating the services requested by the courts of Richmond County.”

Sentinel Offender Services, a privately held company, will celebrate 20 years in business this December. In the two decades since its inception, over 500,000 misdemeanants have participated in programs designed to keep probationers out of jail, reduce recidivism, and aid correctional agencies in the effort to manage their offender populations.

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Ann Marie Dryden
Sentinel Offender Services
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