With so many eyes watching Sentinel, more than one insider has whispered the words: follow the money…
That’s a reference, of course, to the fact that the private probation company makes a mint charging all sorts of fees to the offenders who find themselves stuck in a system that seems perfectly designed to keep them stuck in the system. Electronic monitoring has proved particularly lucrative for Sentinel while costly for everyone else.
It’s no stretch to say that it’s like those in the system are being set up to fail, and as long as the system profits from that failure, that’s all that will ever happen.
Follow the money…
The words are whispered because judges have a power like no other, and there’s a long-standing rumor that following this money too closely could get you the business end of a gavel.
The fact that so many have taken that threat seriously for so long only makes the rumor that much more pervasive.
While a local audit of the everything involving Sentinel’s dealings with the court still might not be able to follow the money far enough to make things clear, it would certainly lay bare a system ideally suited to obscure corruption, and from there we would have the date to make our assumptions.
Until there’s an audit, we’ll never know the true cost of that Sentinel contract, both financially and ethically. You Might Also Like: