County eyes own probation program

10:00 am | January 14, 2014

The Carter County Law Enforcement Committee has a new leader, and Commissioner Richard Winters’ first meeting wielding the gavel yielded a vote to pursue creation of the county’s own probation office.

Photo by Danny Davis Commissioner L.C. Tester presented a plan Monday to create a county-operated probation department.

Photo by Danny Davis
Commissioner L.C. Tester presented a plan Monday to create a county-operated probation department.

Committee members unanimously chose Winters as their chairman at the Monday night meeting after recently appointed Commissioner Willie Campbell and Commissioner Scott Sams requested their names be withdrawn from the nomination.

Commissioner Buford Peters formerly served as chair in the place of the late Commissioner Ernest Ritchie.

It was Commissioner Jo Ann Blankenship who made the suggestion for Winters to lead the group in its decision-making.

And committee members started off with a decision regarding funds they would like to recoup from residents on probation with General Sessions misdemeanor cases.

Commissioner L.C. Tester presented the idea to create a county-owned and in-house probation office.

This would do away with outsourced General Sessions misdemeanor correction processes. Instead, the county would provide those misdemeanor cases with services like those provided by Crossroads.

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