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Walter O. Brooks

State Board of Pardons and Paroles

Member – April 1, 1961 – January 1, 1967 Born March 15, 1920 in McRae, Telfair County, Georgia. Graduated McRae High School, 1937; Atlanta Law School, LL.B., 1940. Admitted to the Bar 1939.

L. Gale Buckner

State Board of Pardons and Paroles

Member - July 1, 2004 - November 13, 2011 Chairman - July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2010 Received her BS Degree from Georgia State University, and her Master of Public Administration from Brenau University.

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Floyd Edward Busbee

State Board of Pardons and Paroles

Member – July 17, 1975 - March 30, 1983 Born Macon, Bibb County, Georgia. Graduated Georgia Tech., BS, 1939. Plant Manager, Willingham Cotton Mills, Macon. Partner, Industrial Vending, Macon. Self employed Real Estate Broker.

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Grover Cleveland Byars

State Board of Pardons and Paroles

Member – January 1, 1943 – November 31, 1948 Born March 21, 1888 in Rome, GA. Graduated Rome High School. Served as the Chairman of the Georgia Penal Corrections Board, 1939-40.

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Elijah Jackson Calhoun, Jr.

State Board of Pardons and Paroles

Member – January 23, 1970 - January 1, 1971 Born March 11, 1912 in Worth County, GA. Graduated Marianna High School, Marianna, Florida, 1931; Freeman Business College, Albany, GA, 1935; Yale University Summer School of Alcohol Studies, New Haven, Connecticut, summer course, 1952.

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Hugh C. Carney

State Board of Pardons and Paroles

Member –January 1, 1955 - January 1, 1962 Chairman – January 1, 1955 – January 13, 1959 Born February 28, 1917 at R.F.D. Ball Ground, Cherokee County, Georgia. Graduated Mercer University, A. B. Degree; graduate study, University of Georgia, 1940; and, Emory University, LL.B.

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Merle Clark

State Board of Pardons and Paroles

Member - August 1991 - January 27, 1993 Graduated from high school in Statesboro and attended Georgia Southern College. Graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Federal Law Enforcement Criminal Investigation School, and the U. S. Marshall Basic Training School.

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Joseph Wilbur Claxton

State Board of Pardons and Paroles

Member – February 14, 1962 – January 31, 1968 Born July 5, 1911 in Wrightsville, Johnson County, Georgia. Graduated Wrightsville High School; Locust Grove Institute; and, Mercer University. Admitted to the Bar, June 1930.

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Betty Ann Cook, PhD

State Board of Pardons and Paroles

Member - January 7, 1997 - December 31, 2003 She began her career as a Criminal Justice Instructor at Morris Brown College. She rose to academic leadership positions at the Atlanta University Center and Chicago-based Argonne National Laboratory and the Opinion Research Center.

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Braxton T. Cotton

State Board of Pardons and Paroles

Member – November 1, 2013 - July 6, 2018 Earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Saint Leo University and a Master of Public Safety Administration from Columbus State University. Served as a police officer with the Milledgeville Police Department; as a detective wit