Abusive Private Probation

Selected Media Stories

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At Least 13 Inmates Released from Rutherford County Jail After Federal Order by Jessica Jaglois for WKRN in Nashville, Tennessee (ABC Affiliate) on December 18, 2015

Sheriff Calls Rutherford County’s Probation System A ‘Rat Wheel’ by Ben Hall for News Channel 5 in Nashville (CBS Affiliate) November 19, 2015


Critics Say Private Probation Companies Prey on the Poor by Stell Simonton for Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity on November 15, 2017

Probation-for-profit to pay $14 million settlement by Adam Geller for the Associated Press (as reprinted here in the Washington Post) on September 25, 2017

Lawsuit Against PCC, Rutherford County Settled for $14.3 million by Sam Stockard for the Murfreesboro Post on September 18, 2017

Probation Company, Rutherford County Paying $14.3 Million to Settle Extortion Lawsuit by Adam Tamburin for The Tennessean on September 19, 2017

Probation-for-Profit Just Got Less Profitable by Beth Schwartzapfel for The Marshall Project on April 13, 2017

Suit Against Rutherford County, PCC Will Continue by Michelle Willard for The Tennessean on March 22, 2016

Preliminary Injunction Granted in Class-Action Suit Challenging Private Probation Services in Tennessee by David Reutter for Prison Legal News on November 8, 2016

Judge Says You Can’t Lock Up People On Probation For Being Poor by Kim Bellware for The Huffington Post on December 21, 2015

Private Probation Company Accused of Abuses in Tennessee by Shaila Dewan for The New York Times on October 1, 2015

How to Fight Modern-Day Debtors’ Prisons: Sue the Courts by Alysia Santo for The Marshall Project on October 1, 2015