Agenda Item # 5

Columbus Consolidated Government
Council Meeting

January 23, 2018

Agenda Report # 70



TO: Mayor and Councilors

SUBJECT: Probation Services Agreement - Judicial Alternatives of Georgia, Inc.

INITIATED BY: City Manager’s Office
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Recommendation: Approval is requested for the Chief State Court Judge to enter into a contract with Judicial Alternatives of Georgia, Inc., (JAG) for probation services.

Background: O.C.G.A. 42-8-100 et seq. provides for the establishment of an agreement between chief judges of county courts and corporations, enterprises or agencies for probation services that said chief judge of any court within the county, with approval of the governing authority of that county, is authorized to enter into memoranda of agreement or other written documents evidencing contracts with corporations, enterprises or agencies, or to establish a county probation system.

JAG Probation has been servicing State Court for several years, and has supervised thousands probationers and has collected millions of dollars in fines.

Misdemeanor probation is currently provided by private companies to Muscogee County Superior Court, State Court, Recorder’s Court and Municipal Court. These services do not require any financial obligation on the part of the Columbus Consolidated Government.

Analysis: State law requires that a contract approved by the County.

Financial Considerations: These services do not require any financial obligation on the part of the Columbus Consolidated Government. The cost associated with this services will be passed on to the individuals placed on probation.

Legal Considerations: State Law requires that a contract for probation services be approved by the governing authority.

Recommendations/Actions: Approval is requested for the Chief State Court Judge to enter into an agreement with Judicial Alternatives of Georgia, Inc.

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A RESOLUTION
No._________


WHEREAS, PURSUANT TO THE REQUEST AND EXPRESS WRITTEN CONSENT OF THE COURT UNDER THE PROVISION OF O.C.G.A. SECTION 42-8-101, THE CONSOLIDATED GOVERNMENT OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA (“THE CCG”) IS AUTHORIZED TO CONTRACT WITH JUDICIAL ALTERNATIVES OF GEORGIA, INC. (“JAG”) TO PROVIDE PROBATION SUPERVISION SERVICES FOR DEFENDANTS CONVICTED IN THE STATE COURT OF MUSCOGEE COUNTY ACCORDING TO THE TERMS OF THEIR SENTENCE.

WHEREAS, JAG is a private corporation that provides such services and is duly qualified to provide comprehensive, professional probation services pursuant to O.C.G.A. Section 42-8-100, et seq.; and,

WHEREAS, the parties hereto desire to enter into an Agreement for the provision by JAG of such probation services as may be ordered by the Court.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

The Mayor and/or City Manager is authorized to sign the attached Agreement with JAG on behalf of CCG for probation supervision services in the State Court of Muscogee County.
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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the _________ day of _____________, 2018 and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of
_____________ members of said Council.


Councilor Allen voting .
Councilor Baker voting .
Councilor Barnes voting .
Councilor Davis voting .
Councilor Garrett voting .
Councilor Henderson voting .
Councilor Huff voting .
Councilor Thomas voting .
Councilor Turner-Pugh voting .
Councilor Woodson voting .

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Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor