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Samantha Bee Takes On For-Profit Probation Officers

Low hanging fruit with a lot of lobbying money.

Not work-safe language in the video.

In this "on vacation web extra" Samantha Bee takes on Sentinel Offender Services, an outfit that makes a profit off of people on probation.

What Samantha doesn't say, is these outfits are part of the trend to privatize government services to for-profit entities. And what happens when you turn over responsibility for the underclass to a for-profit corporation? Bribes, lobbying, false-billing, abuse, and graft.

Henry County Georgia has recently severed its ties with Sentinel because of all the lawsuits facing the for-profit. They wisely decided that they might be held liable for employing Sentinel, and that by running the probation program themselves and charging fines that would hold up in court, rather than lobbying the legislature, convincing judges to arrest people for profit, and issuing false bills for paid-off claims, they would save money and the department would eventually pay for itself.

Government austerity and privatization is just another word for letting the foxes run the chicken coop.

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