Today, SCHR Attorney Lauren Sudeall Lucas filed an amicus curiae brief in the Georgia Supreme Court in support of Lisa Harrelson, a woman from Augusta, GA who is challenging the constitutionality of cities and counties being able to contract with for-profit, private probation companies as well as the $50 public defender application fee. Ms. Harrelson is represented by Attorney John B. “Jack” Long of Augusta's Tucker, Everitt, Long, Brewton & Lanier. Read the Brief.
To learn more about the predatory nature of Georgia's private probation companies, please read our SCHR Report: Profiting from the Poor.
For more information on the oral arguements in Harrelson v. Sentinel:
Justices to Hear Case of Private Probation Companies - Augusta Chronicle
Justices Probe Right to Counsel - Fulton County Daily Report