TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Dec 18, 2015

Federal Judge Kevin Sharp ordered on Thursday the release of at least 14 inmates who are being held solely on the basis of a Pathways Community Corrections violation of probation warrant, the Daily News Journal reports. The probation company, formerly Providence Community Corrections, is named in a federal lawsuit filed that claims the company and Rutherford county profited by keeping people on probation for extra time and charging excessive fees. Sharp also ordered PCC to immediately stop violating probationers solely for non-payment of fees. “The ruling mandates significant immediate changes to how all misdemeanor probationers are treated by PCC, Inc. and Rutherford County,” Alec Karakatsanis, attorney for the plaintiffs in a class-action case brought against PCC, said in an update from the DNJ.