D E P A R T M E N T O F C O M M U N I T Y S U P E R V I S I O N
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Answering the most common questions around felony probation revocations in Georgia
In response to a violation of the terms of supervision , a ' Revocation ' is a court order to remove a person from probation . Historically , discussions on probation revocations in Georgia have been limited to prison admissions . This report aims to expand the conversation by leveraging community supervision data to answer six of the most frequently asked questions regarding revocations .
1 . How often is probation revoked ?
Of the 267,514 individuals supervised by DCS in 2019 , only 26,409 ( 9.87 %) had a probation revocation .
Approximately 1 out of 10 supervisees had a probation revocation in 2019
2 . Do most revocations result in prison ?
Not all revocations result in confinement . Out of the 26,409 individuals with probation revocations , 7,506 ( 28.42 %) were sent to state prison , which comprises approximately 2.81 % of the total supervised population .
Out of the individuals with probation revocations , less than a third were sent to state prison , which makes up around
3 % of the total supervised population
3 . Why are people revoked to prison ?
7,506 individuals accounted for 7,617 revocations to state prison ( 111 people had multiple revocations ). 5,219 ( 68.5 %) were for New Offenses , 1,225 ( 16.1 %) were for Violating Special Conditions , and 1,173 ( 15.4 %) were for Technical Violations . in 2019
0.44 % of the supervised population was revoked to prison for technical violations
4 . What is the racial breakdown of individuals revoked to prison ?
The chart to the side provides a count for each revocation type across racial categories .
0 Asian Black Hispanic White Other
Special Conditions Technical Violations New Offense
5 . How can I learn more about revocations in Georgia ?
By visiting the DCS Strategic Planning & Research website
, you can access a variety of informational products , such as research reports , fact sheets , and interactive dashboards , for learning more about community supervision in Georgia . A revocation dashboard with the ability to filter revocation data across a variety of contextual variables will be available in the Spring of 2021 and raw data are available upon request .
6 . What efforts are being made across Georgia to reduce revocations ?
DCS strives to strengthen communities by providing opportunities for people to successfully complete their probation or parole . Below are three evidence-based initiatives for reducing the chances of someone having their community supervision term revoked .
Person-Centered Supervision Model
In contrast to the conventional contact model , DCS leverages research and technology to prioritize activities that promote success among supervisees , such as resource linkage and building rapport .
To assure quality service delivery and consistent application of incentives , such as Early Terminations , the DCS case management system is programmed to automatically review cases and prompt officers to take action in a timely manner .
Rather than defining someone by their crime or conviction , DCS recognizes people as unique individuals with their own strengths , needs , and goals . This approach promotes collaboration and individualized services .