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The State Board of Pardons and Paroles engages communities and stakeholders regarding the agency's mission.
Parole Board employees participated in training sessions at the annual summer training conference for GPACS (Georgia Professional Association of Community Supervision). Three Parole Board Members were panelists in a workshop.
The State Board of Pardons and Paroles has staff and officials frequently visit state prisons to engage the inmate population. Efforts include informing inmates regarding parole and receiving information for parole case files. Parole officials visited Pulaski State Prison, Autry State Prison, Lee State Prison and Emanuel Womens Facility.
The State Board of Pardons and Paroles continues to engage stakeholders in the parole process. Parole Board Member David Herring spoke to the Sandersville Rotary Club in September.
The October meeting of the Parole Board included a special presentation regarding offender housing and a parole success story as told by a former offender. The Board surprised the presenter with a pardon following her comments.
All parole staff have been trained to deliver CPR, use an AED and give First Aid. Staff completed online and hands-on training.
The Georgia Commission on Family Violence (GCFV) marked 25 years at the 2019 Annual Conference in early September in Athens. Parole Board Member Jacqueline Bunn is a member of the commission and served as Conference Co-Chair. Ms. Bunn was appointed to the Georgia Commission on Family Violence in 2018. The commission works to educate and raise awareness about family violence in Georgia. The commission evaluates services, researches the need for additional services and offers and monitors proposed legislation concerning family violence.
Executive management for the State Board of Pardons and Paroles delivered presentations to two state lawmakers in August.
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.
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.