Tennessee county ends for-profit probation, waives debts

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Middle Tennessee county can no longer require misdemeanor probationers to pay the cost of their supervision under a consent decree signed by a federal judge on Thursday.

In addition to ending so-called “user-funded probation,” Giles County has agreed to waive all past debts for anyone with a misdemeanor conviction.

And the county has agreed to recall all outstanding warrants for violations of misdemeanor probation.

The decree settles a case filed in 2018 that accused Giles County and for-profit probation companies of using the threat of jail to squeeze money out of indigent offenders.

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