Augusta Leaders Extend Sentinel Contract with Conditions

Sentinel Offender Services on Walton Way.
Sentinel Offender Services on Walton Way.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – City leaders approved a controversial contract Tuesday: a one-year extension with Sentinel Offender Services. But this time, the city has no intent to renew the contract in 2017. City leaders plan to use this year to look into bringing the probation services in-house.

Commission Bill Lockett says he no longer wants a for-profit company providing the service. “They are aware of the fact that we are going to terminate the contract, but we need this one year extension in order to get people in place, and get rid of people, and take it over ourselves,” says Lockett.

Judge Richard Slaby, who is in charge of implementing the program, says this change will benefit to court and community by being more efficient.

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