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Baton Rouge: Probation Company Sued Over Alleged Extortion

A Baton Rouge company has been sued over alleged extortion carried out in conjunction with a local judge. The lawsuit, filed late Monday by the ACLU of Louisiana and the Southern Poverty Law Center, accuses the company, Rehabilitation Home Incarceration, (RHI)of violating state and federal racketeering laws by “extorting” an initial $525 payment — and hundreds of dollars in subsequent fees — from defendants assigned to pretrial supervision.

The judge in question, Trudy White, also alleged assigned people to RHI which is accused of charging individuals a monthly fee of $225 for their services, which apparently also include electronic monitoring. This is but another case of the privatization of probation which alleged collusion among judges, the county sheriff’s office, and private profiteers. RHI’s scheme appears to be quite similar to that of Libre, which has been operating a similar scam with individuals housed in immigration detention centers. According to reports, Libre pays the release bond, but those who are released must agree to be on a monitor at an exorbitant fee. Failure to pay fees reportedly lands such people back behind bars.

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James Kilgore

James Kilgore is an activist , writer and educator based in Urbana, Illinois. He is a Soros Justice Fellow for 2017-18. His project, Challenging E-Carceration, focuses on electronic monitoring in the criminal legal system.