The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) said last month that more than 50 Alabama cities and towns have canceled contracts with Judicial Correction Services (JCS), a private probation company. JCS was being used by the municipalities to collect fines owed in their municipal courts. The SPLC sent letters in June to almost 100 municipalities urging them to end their contracts with JCS. Under those contracts, municipal courts send people who owe fines, fees or other court costs to JCS to be put on probation. Then JCS collects monthly payments on the fines, along with a monthly fee that goes to the company.
According to the SPLC, cities that have cancelled contracts with JCS, or are in the process of canceling, include: Montgomery, Clanton, Hoover, Mountain Brook, Vestavia Hills, Leeds, Fairhope, Calera, Pleasant Grove and Orange Beach. Others include Glencoe, Hueytown, Lincoln, Scottsboro, Enterprise, Fort Payne, Summerdale, Vance, Owens Cross Roads, Somerville, Talladega, Lake View, Level Plains, Millbrook, Skyline, Moulton, Enterprise, Mount Vernon, Sylvania and Maplesville. I suspect that we will be hearing more from the SPLC on this matter. Based on reports, JCS won’t give up without a fight. I understand the company is doing very well financially under these contracts.
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