Reply To: Georgia private probation companies expand sex offender industry

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Phil

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Probation is a waste of taxpayer money. Any GOOD attorney would not simply sit on his/her ass and say “It’s part of your sentence” BULLSH*T! Probation is a TRAP by the court system in the hopes that you’ll “mess up” over something so trivial and they can send you back to the bull-pen-therapy of the court/prison system until there is a decision made as to whether you go back to prison or sent back out onto probation. This keeps the system IN BUSINESS. If someone can be put on probation for as little as a few months, there is NO NEED FOR THE PROBATION AT ALL.
You cannot drink on probation. You cannot leave the state without permission on probation. You cannot own a computer without permission AND monitoring software while on probation. You cannot go to a family function without permission or an “approved supervisor” while on probation. You cannot look at or own LEGAL pornography while on probation. You cannot even have fun with your significant other if you choose to take nude photos or record yourselves having sex while on probation.
Are any of these things “illegal”? No! Anyone can do them and many people do. Once your probation is OVER, you can do ALL of these things and more. So what’s with the lame excuse of “We’re protecting YOU and others around you”? WTF is THAT all about when eventually the probation period ENDS and you can own a computer, look at porn, go on vacations without permission, etc, etc, etc…what is the POINT?
The point is simple: Men and women who could not pass the Postal exam needed a job so the justice system came up with the idea of Probation for a bunch of bafoons to be legalized bullies and control how you live.
I think the idea of probation (if there needs to be any) should be simple: Stay out of trouble for “x” amount of time and prove that you’re a law abiding citizen. All this extra nonsense about what you can and cannot do and what you can and cannot own is bullshit. Hence the reason why I believe probation is a trap.
Think about this also the next time an attorney tries to tell you that probation is required as part of your plea deal sentence… If you do the MAXIMUM time required for the crime you committed, you can walk out of prison to NO PROBATION. You can also so as many people I’ve encountered have done which is to VIOLATE the probation, go back to court, tell the judge and prosecutor to give you whatever time they feel from what’s left of your sentence with NO PROBATION TO FOLLOW.
That right there PROVES that there is no validity to the idea of probation. It should be abolished just like the registry.
When will a SMART attorney or group of attorneys finally take action against this nonsense and put the probation dept on the same unemployment line and displace their lives like they do to the people on probation? Grow a pair!!!