- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015

CLANTON, Ala. (AP) - The Clanton city council has voted to end its contract with a private probation company after a lawsuit alleged poor residents were being targeted and threatened with jail time for failing to pay fines.

The Southern Poverty Law Center in March filed the lawsuit accusing Judicial Correction Services and a local manager of racketeering and extorting probationers for monthly payments.

The organization said some probationers were ordered to pay $140 monthly fines of which $40 was given to JCS. The suit says the company continued collecting its fee when probationers fell behind on payments and threatened jail time if they didn’t pay associated fees.

Al.com reports (https://bit.ly/1ApyZWK ) the city council on Monday voted to notify JCS that its contract would be terminated in 30 days.

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