ATLANTA - Meg Heap was sworn in today as a member of the State Board of Pardons and Paroles by Governor Brian Kemp. 

Following the ceremony, Mrs. Heap said she was honored to become a member of the State Board of Pardons and Paroles.

“I take on this role with a passion to work to enhance public safety for all of our citizens and to improve this agency overall. The decisions this Board makes affect people’s lives; offenders, victims and citizens alike. I am humbled to be asked to become a member of the Parole Board,” stated Heap.

Mrs. Heap is the former District Attorney for Georgia’s Eastern Judicial Circuit. She began her career as a Volunteer Coordinator and Victim Advocate with the Victim-Witness Assistance Program in the Savannah District Attorney's office. After graduating from law school at Mercer University, Mrs. Heap went on to serve the Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit as an Assistant District Attorney (ADA).

Prior to becoming the District Attorney, Mrs. Heap worked as an ADA in the Eastern Judicial Circuit. The District Attorney's Association of Georgia named her the 2019 District Attorney of the Year. She is also the immediate past-president of the association.

“On behalf of the Board, I congratulate Mrs. Heap on this very important appointment. Her talents will certainly contribute to the effectiveness of the Board’s mission to ensure public safety, protect victims’ rights and provide offenders with opportunities for positive change,” stated Parole Board Chairman Terry Barnard.

Mrs. Heap’s appointment to the Board was effective January 19, 2021.

For more information on Mrs. Heap please review her bio at

The Parole Board has five voting members who are full time employees. The Georgia Constitution provides that Parole Board Members are to be appointed by the Governor to serve seven-year staggered terms, subject to confirmation by the State Senate. The Parole Board is authorized to grant paroles, pardons, commutations and reprieves and is the only entity in the state with the constitutional authority to commute a death sentence. 

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