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Lisa Borden Comments on Private Probation Company Discontinuing Services in Alabama in AL.com


Judicial Correction Services Inc., a company that once was criticized by a judge as helping Harpersville, Alabama, run a "debtors prison" and "judicially sanctioned extortion racket," is pulling up stakes in Alabama after dozens of towns cancelled contracts with the company around the state. A lawsuit filed in 2010 by people who had been jailed for non-payment of fines resulted in Shelby County Circuit Judge Hub Harrington taking control of all cases in Harpersville after he said the town was running a "debtors prison" and "judicially sanctioned extortion racket". His order triggered a wave of interest by national media on the situation in Alabama and triggered other lawsuits that soon followed.

In this AL.com article, Lisa Borden, who was among the lawyers who filed the 2010 lawsuit, comments on the development.

"I couldn't be happier to see them (JCS) go," said Ms. Borden. "I think when courts go back to being courts instead of handing it over to for-profit companies we will see things get better."

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