GRADY COUNTY, GA (WALB) - The Grady County State Court's current probation company plans to close its doors in the upcoming months.
Judge Joshua Bell announced that the court will terminate its relationship with Red Hills Community Probation.
Currently, RHCP and CEO Margaret Crutchfield are facing two lawsuits, claiming the center wrongfully detained people who were unable to immediately pay their fines.
Attorney K. Todd Butler recently filed a class-action lawsuit against RHCP, Crutchfield, and the City of Cairo.
He said, “Holding a person and not letting them go, not letting them leave, against their will. That's false imprisonment and sufficient enough to make a civil action for false imprisonment.”
Crutchfield says the decision to close was based on the financial stability of the private company and not on the lawsuits.
Judge Bell could not be reached for comment.