Shifting misdemeanor probation-pretrial services to the private sector should Brevard County, Fl., taxpayers roughly $1 million over the next three years, reports Florida Today.The Brevard County Commission approved a three-year contract with Judicial Correction Services, effective Jan. 31. The Atlanta-based company already handles these services for bordering Volusia and Osceola counties.
JCS is interviewing the county’s 30-odd, soon-to-be-displaced criminal justice services employees, said Dennis Moon, director of Florida operations. JCS will employ 30 to 34 workers in Brevard, Moon said — “the faces, for the most part, will stay the same.” Operating at the Brevard County Jail Complex and another office, the county department cost $2.86 million to operate last year. The county collected nearly $2 million in fees from supervised offenders. County Manager Howard Tipton said taxpayer savings should total $211,000 to $250,000 this fiscal year. He anticipates annual savings of $400,000 the final two years of the contract