In June, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) urged officials in almost 100 municipalities to end their contracts with the company, Judicial Correction Services (JCS). The letter from the SPLC warned that the contracts are illegal and that the tactics used by JCS to collect fines can amount to extortion. Some of the Alabama municipalities had already severed ties with the company without the SPLC’s urging.
Monroeville was in receipt of that letter in June. In September SPUSA members in Alabama contacted the SPLC about what Monroeville's response was. Mr. Brooke informed me via email that the Mayor called them in July and asked for a month to respond. August passed with no response as did September. We drafted a letter to Monroeville Mayor Mark Kennedy, Monday, demanding the city terminate its contract with the private probation company, JCS. Today I received an email from Mr. Brooke of the SPLC that the city is terminating its contract.

The Following is the email Sam Brooke of the SPLC sent me today.
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Mark,

FYI, we just learned that Monroeville has decided to cancel their contract with JCS. They will be sending a letter soon, and giving JCS 30 days’ notice. So it should be fully ended next month.

FYI, if you want to see what other towns are doing, you can look at a map we are using to track this progress.

Sincerely,
Sam Brooke
Deputy Legal Director
Southern Poverty Law
 


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