Along with monitoring the activities of the probationers, probation officers have a responsibility to collect court-ordered fees, fines, and restitution from them. In accordance with OCGA 42-8-34, probation officers collect $23 or $29 in fees from each actively supervised probationer each month.
Three or nine dollars of this is for the Georgia Crime Victims Emergency Fund. (Probationers convicted of crimes committed after May 13, 2002 are required to pay $9 per month for the Crime Victims Fund.) One-time fees ($50 for felonies and $25 for misdemeanors) to support the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab are also collected. Each court may add other fees and fines. The court may require restitution be paid to the victim. In this case, the offender usually pays at the probation office and the funds are then sent to the victim.
Including the value of community service, probation staff were instrumental in collecting over $53 million for the State of Georgia and the victims of crime.