Luse v. Sentinel Offender Services

This class action was brought against Sentinel Offender Services, a private probation company operating under contract with White County, Georgia. The case alleged that Sentinel’s practice of requiring people under its supervision to pay for and undergo drug testing without a court order violated due process and constituted an unconstitutional search.


The parties ultimately agreed to the entry of a consent order which contains the following key provisions:

  • Sentinel will no longer require people to submit to drug screening unless authorized by written court order.
  • Sentinel cannot threaten people with jail solely for failure to pay fines and fees.
  • Sentinel cannot direct people to borrow money to pay fines and fees.
  • Sentinel must inform people orally and in writing that their probation may be modified to accommodate financial hardships.
  • Sentinel must reimburse 276 individuals up to $90 per unauthorized test.

You can find a detailed summary and case documents via the Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse.

Related: Human Rights Watch published a video about this case, which you can watch below.

42 USC § 1983 (alleging due process and equal protection violations) Due and Unconstitutional Search
Docket Number: 2:16-cv-00030-RWS (N.D. Ga)
February 2016
Southern Center for Human Rights and Law Offices of Gerry Weber