Commissioners reject initial recommendation to hire California company with a checkered past of human rights violations and incompetence. Sheriff's office promises efficiency, fair treatment, counseling and education services.
State Attorney Mark Ober and Clerk of Court Pat Frank speak in favor of sheriff taking over misdemeanor probation instead of private contract with Sentinel Offender Services, a company under fire in Georgia and California.
On Wednesday, Hillsborough commissioners will vote on hiring a private, for-profit company to supervise low-level offenders on probation. The company has been accused in Georgia of violating offenders' rights and lengthening their probations to make more money.