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Judge praises monitor service

By Sheryl Marsh 340-2437

Morgan County presiding Circuit Judge Steve Haddock praised Alabama Home Detention for the electronic monitoring service it provides for juveniles and adults.

Haddock commended the company during a meeting of the Morgan County Community Corrections and Court Services Commission on Thursday.

"It's service that counts for me," Haddock said. "To me, it's better than anything that was presented to us. These guys do what they need to do on the spot. I've heard nothing but rave reviews."

Haddock is vice chairman of the Morgan County Community Corrections and Court Services Commission.

His comments followed those of District Judge Shelly Waters who said AHD, which Chris Putnam owns and operates, has had a good success rate with juvenile offenders.

She said 78 of 97 juveniles successfully completed the program.

Both judges' comments followed questions from District Attorney Bob Burrell who inquired about what AHD does for the county.

Haddock continued to praise the company throughout the discussion.

Waters said she did not have personal concerns, but a news article about the company prompted concerns.

Putnam says he has owned AHD since September of 2006. He said he has saved the county more than $300,000 with the electronic monitoring he provides for the juvenile program.

Community Corrections Director Alison Nix said the company is doing an outstanding job for corrections.

In an unrelated matter, Burrell questioned Nix's minutes of the meeting concerning how community corrections would collect money from participants. Burrell said he did not remember agreeing that she would get paychecks of the defendants, deduct fees and give them the balance.

Nix said her office is not receiving paychecks of defendants, although the minutes from the last meeting reflected that. She said defendants are paying only supervision and drug testing fees at her office. They pay by cash or money order, she said.

Haddock gave that pay plan his nod.

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