Mike Popplewell had no idea he’d be running a private probation company – let alone Georgia’s largest – when he took job as a rank-and-file state probation officer nearly four decades ago.
His CSRA Probation Services, which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary, now has more than 150 employees at 33 offices around the state. The 60-year-old south Augusta-reared businessman also has become something of a consultant to the growing national industry, which supervises misdemeanor probationers for courts in nearly a dozen states.
An Evans-based probation services firm on Monday announced it has acquired Sentinel Offender Services’ statewide operations, effectively ending the embattled California company’s misdemeanor probation business in Georgia.
Queen is the director of field services for CSRA Probation Services, Inc. He began his career as a probation officer with the Georgia Department of Corrections in 1990 and has more than 25 years of experience as a probation state director.
Ginny Kent, Director of Operations for CSRA Probation Services, discusses the need to improve the image and stigma that private probation companies have developed.