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Tennessee has a problem with private probation companies. It hurts poor people.

Private probation companies in Tennessee may be putting people’s safety and rights at risk, said a state government audit released late last year. It concludes that the Private Probation Services Council, the state body that oversees private probation, is not protecting people from abuses as it is supposed to do. “Without effective oversight,” the audit said, “probationers are left vulnerable to unscrupulous practices.” In an investigation released last year, Human Rights Watch also concluded that lack of regulation and oversight of Tennessee’s private probation companies led to human rights abuses,…

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