Freedom Week IDs probation violators
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
Feb 20, 2013 | 859 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The names of approximately 1,700 probation violators will be published in Sunday’s edition of the Cleveland Daily Banner prior to “Freedom Week 2013.”

Freedom Week is set to begin Feb. 25 and end March 1. It is a program of the Bradley County Misdemeanor Probations Office.

“The Probation Office will take phone calls for "Freedom Week 2013" which will allow those probationers whose names are published Sunday in the Cleveland Daily Banner to work out agreements to lower cash bonds and do recalls on warrants, to get individuals back on track with probation and contributing back to our community,” probations director Kienlen said.

The program has been successful during the past few years and has allowed probationers to get back in line with the probations system as well as helping collect fines due to the courts.

Judgments issued by the courts to those placed on misdemeanor probation may include:

- Failure to perform community service.

- Lack of payments on fines, costs, restitution or fees.

- Missed appointments.

- Failure to attend DUI schools.

Kienlen said these are just a few examples where those granted probation reportedly failed to follow guidelines and have had new warrants issued for their arrest.

Kienlen has said in the past that some of the people who will be added to the list may not be aware warrants have been issued for failure to comply with court orders as conditions of their probation.

“If you know someone whose name appears in the publication, contact them and help us try to improve our community. This will allow the local law enforcement agencies to focus on other priorities during that week. Please contact Bradley County Misdemeanor Probation at 423-728-7121,” he added.

Also, anyone who knows of people in the program at the time of their passing away is asked to contact the office with that information.