(AUGUSTA,GA) Augusta city leaders consider a major step to get back into the probation business.
Commissioners scheduled to vote Wednesday on approving 330 thousand dollars to begin the process of replacing Sentinel probation services with a a city run office.
The company has faced numerous legal challenges,
So the plan is for the city to hire the staff so the the probation office up and running by next year.
” I think it’s very important for us to one have a real time line in terms of our execution and implementation of being able to get it done and so I think Tomorrow’s conversation will be focused around just that one how do we best implement what does that look like and and what will be the initial cost,” says Mayor Hardie Davis.
City leaders say the annual cost of replacing Sentinel would run more than one point two million dollars the mayor isn’t sure if probation fees and fines would cover all costs to taxpayers the first year.