The loss of 30 county probation officers, coupled with the anticipated release of thousands of state prisoners in December, will lead to overcrowding soon at the Madison County Jail, Chief Judge Ann Callis predicted recently.
Finding a way to retain the officers, several of whom write criminal history reports that Callis and other judges rely on, is critical, Callis said.
"We as judges have to receive these pretrial reports or we don't have any idea how to release or put somebody out on bond or probation. If we don't have a criminal history, that person is going to go into the jail and the jail population is going to explode."
After Sept. 21, however, the county will be down to 29 probation officers, three of whom write criminal history reports full time, said Madison County Probation Director Judy Dallas.
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