Georgia Parole Review Summer/Fall 2019 - Page 6

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles partners with state and local law enforcement agencies, state agencies, organizations, associations and groups to provide for safe communities.

"Because most of the incarcerated population will eventually complete their sentences and live in our communities, it's so important that we continue to work

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closely with our criminal justice partners to ensure public safety," states Chris Barnett, Executive Director of Parole.

Over the past several months Parole Board staff including board members have met with the Department of Corrections, Department of Community Supervision, the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association, Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia, Georgia Public Defender Council and several other organizations.

“These are professional relationships we must have because we all are connected in a different way with the offender and by working closely with each other we can do the rights things for the citizens of Georgia and keep us all safer,” states Barnett.

Three of the five Parole Board Members led a presentation at the Georgia Professional Association of Community Supervision (GPACS) conference this summer in Savannah.

"It's important we engage our state's supervision officers, share information about our processes and continue an open dialogue with them. The officers are doing a great job of supervising offenders in the community, and together we can continue working to provide for safer communities," stated Chairman Terry Barnard.

On the panel were Parole Board Chairman Terry Barnard and Board Members James Mills and David Herring.

Officers with the Department of Community Supervision (DCS) work closely with District Operations Managers with the Parole Board regarding supervision to include determining appropriate actions if an offender violates terms of his/her parole.

Parole Board leadership meets monthly with the Department of Corrections and the Department of Community Supervision to discuss and review the state's inmate population trends to include offender admissions and offenders leaving the system via parole and by completing their sentences.

"When our agencies are working together it shows our communities that we are taking their safety seriously" stated Barnett.

Board leadership also meets with local sheriffs, police chiefs and government agencies on a consistent basis.

For Public Safety