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Parole Engages Communities & organizations

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles Educates Groups on the Agency's Criminal Justice Role

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles provided a meeting place for the groups where they heard from Executive Director of Parole Chris Barnett.

“This is government in action. It's the people's capitol and these groups are to be applauded for engaging their policy makers and staying involved," stated Barnett.

Engaging stakeholders helps ensure case materials are complete prior to making a parole decision. Parole leadership met earlier this year with the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (GACDL) in Atlanta, an effort to engage, educate and encourage active participation in the parole process.

"Input from stakeholders is important in order for the Board to make the best parole decisions. We will continue to engage and educate stakeholders leading to an enhanced parole process. As the process is improved, public safety is enhanced," states Chris Barnett, the Executive Director of Parole.

Barnett also spoke at the winter seminar conducted by GACDL, also in Atlanta.

"These are opportunities to engage and educate stakeholders in the parole decision making process. It is also an opportunity to add case information allowing the Board Members to make informed decisions,” Barnett said.

At the meetings, parole staff assisted attorneys with information regarding the parole process in Georgia.

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