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All parole staff have been trained to deliver CPR, use an AED and give First Aid. Staff completed online and hands-on training.
Executive Director of the State Board of Pardons and Paroles Chris Barnett amd staff from the Clemency Division participated in several training conferences on July 22-23, 2019. They included conferences for the Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia, the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, the Georgia Public Defender Council and the Georgia Sheriffs' Association.
In July, Communications Director Steve Hayes spoke to the Kiwanis Club of Rome, informing the group of Georgia's data driven parole process.
Parole Board Member Jacqueline Bunn is the 2019 recipient of the Thomas R. Burnside Jr. Excellence in Bar Leadership Award. (News Release)
The State Board of Pardons and Paroles has a great partnership with our Georgia Sheriffs. Parole Board Chairman Terry Barnard and Executive Director of Parole Chris Barnett were among parole staff recently meeting with Tattnall County Sheriff Kyle Sapp.
At the June Meeting, Chairman Terry Barnard was re-elected to a 5th term. The Board Members also received several presentations regarding the operations of the agency.
The Parole Board's Communications Director, Steve Hayes spoke May 31st to the Rotary Club of Columbus, Georgia. Hayes presented an overview of the parole decision making process. Photos courtesy of Camera1.net (Jim Cawthorne)
The first program graduation at the Metro Reentry Facility was in July. The facility is operated by the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC). Executive Director of Parole Chris Barnett spoke to the graduates. The facility utilizes evidence-based practices and community collaboration to address barriers offenders face in order to successfully return to society. The program prepares offenders eligible for parole or close to being released at the end of their prison sentence.
The State Board of Pardons and Paroles engages stakeholders in the parole process including the state's inmate population. Executive Director of Parole Chris Barnett attended the June Foothills Education Charter High School graduation ceremony at the Burruss Correctional Training Center in Forsyth.
The Bostick Nursing Center in Milledgeville is providing necessary services to offenders leaving the prison system with a medical and or mental health profile. The Bostick Nursing Center which is located on the old Central State Hospital (CSH) property and is a part of the CSH Redevelopment Authority. Bostick is a public/private partnership and a needed resource for the citizens of Georgia.
The State Board of Pardons and Paroles engages criminal justice partners and stakeholders in order to enhance public safety. Parole Board Chairman Terry Barnard, Executive Director of Parole Chris Barnett and Clemency Director Rick Jacobs attended the Reidsville Rotary Club in early May. The Parole Board was invited to speak to the group by State Senator Jack Hill, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
The State Board of Pardons and Paroles supported GED graduates at the Georgia Department of Corrections' Rogers State Prison in Reidsville in early May. Director of Clemency for the Parole Board Rick Jacobs was commencement speaker. Jacobs urged the graduates to continue to improve themselves. Offenders completing classes and programs and eliminating conduct issues are important factors the Board considers when deciding whether an offender can be paroled.