A link between probation company and senator who wants to be a judge

Good read here from Sandy Hodson and the Augusta Chronicle. Don't be satisfied with these introductory paragraphs:

In addition, three days before the legislative session began, state Sen. Jesse Stone received his largest single campaign contribution from the Georgia Association of Professional Bondsmen, according to his campaign contributions reports.

During the session, the Republican sponsored a bill that increases the fees these companies charge to post bonds, which are generally set by judges.

Stone is one of two candidates to become the next Burke County State Court judge. The court contracts with a private company, CSRA Probation Services, to supervise those on probation for misdemeanors.

The bill in question has yet to be signed by Gov. Nathan Deal.