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The official Google+ page of the Georgia State Board of Pardons & Paroles, managed by the Parole Board's Office of Communications.
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Parole Board Chairman Terry Barnard and Vice Chairman Brian Owens attended the quarterly meeting of the Georgia Department of Community Supervision (DCS) today. The Parole Board members are members of the DCS Board which has regulatory oversight responsibilities for DCS.
Once an offender has been released on parole, DCS has the authority and responsibility to supervise the individual in the community.

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Join Convoy of Care by dropping off supplies for victims of Hurricane Florence. Supplies are being accepted until 6 today WSB-TV - 1601 W. Peachtree Street in Atlanta and at Caring for Others Caring For Others located at 3537 Browns Mill Road, Atlanta. Parole, the GBI and the Henry County Sheriff's Office are among the law enforcement agencies assisting at the Browns Mill Rd. location.
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9/18/18
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Parole staff including Chairman Terry Barnard, Board Member David Herring and Exec. Director of Parole Chris Barnett toured the new Metro Reentry Facility this week. The facility is operated by the Georgia Department of Corrections. The program facility assists offenders as they transition to the community.

"This facility is a part of Governor Deal’s criminal justice reform vision and I believe it will pay great dividends for years to come. It is another piece to successful transitioning of offenders from prison back to the community," stated Chairman Terry Barnard.

The parole group received an overview from Warden Steven Perkins and his staff and then toured the facility. The facility houses parole eligible inmates that may receive parole or will be released after completing their prison sentence.

"It is very impressive, with the programming and what the inmates are accomplishing at this facility. The mentoring program involving offenders helping their fellow inmates, and counseling them is impressive. It is what Governor Deal had in mind to assist offenders as they reenter society," said Board Member David Herring.

Parole staff also spoke to offenders at the facility encouraging them to continue their success in hopes of receiving parole.

“It’s important that the inmates across the system understand, there is more to it than simply wanting to be released. They have to be “parole ready,” meaning identifiable change has occurred through successful program completions and following institutional rules. The Board is looking for individuals who are truly exhibiting change and a different behavior than that which resulted in them being incarcerated," stated Exec. Director of Parole Chris Barnett.

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The State Board of Pardons and Paroles is supporting the 24th Annual Family Violence Conference of the Georgia Commission on Family Violence. Parole Board Member Jacqueline Bunn is a member of the commission.

"When the Commission held its first conference 24 years ago there were about 100 attendees. This year's conference garnered 650 attendees (from across a wide range of professionals) who deal with family violence issues daily. The monumental growth of this event is a testament to the Commission's effort to bring awareness of and find positive solutions for this complex and troubling issue." - Jacqueline Bunn

Conference attendees include domestic violence advocates, Family Violence Intervention Program providers, sexual assault advocates, victim advocates, judges, prosecutors, law enforcement, faith leaders, counselors, first responders, and community members. Several other state agencies are supporting the work of the commission and this year's annual training conference.
The theme for the conference is, "Beyond the Bruising; Unraveling the Complexities of Domestic Violence."
In the photo: Jacqueline Bunn, Jennifer Thomas, Exec. Director of the Georgia Commission on Family Violence and Chris Barnett, Exec. Director for Parole.
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The Coastal Transitional Center is a Georgia Department of Corrections transition facility for offenders as they prepare to return to their communities after successfully completing the program. Recently Parole Board Member David Herring, Exec. Director of Parole Chris Barnett and staff visited the facility and engaged the residents about being "parole ready."
Board Member David Herring announced to residents that one of them would be released soon on parole. Herring says, "the Board wants the word to spread that the Parole Board is watching the progress of the inmate population to determine who is parole ready, and ready to return to their community prepared to be a successful returning citizen."
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The State Board of Pardons and Paroles supported the annual summer training conference for the Georgia Professional Association of Community Supervision (GPACS) this past week. GPACS is the professional training organization in Georgia for the state's community supervision staff. Membership includes staff with the State Board of Pardons and Paroles.
Parole Board Chairman Terry Barnard led a panel discussion for attendees titled, "From Release to Revocation." Board Member Jacqueline Bunn participated in a panel discussion on "Women in Leadership."
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9/4/18
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Accessing and proper use of criminal justice databases is an important task for law enforcement in order to assist in keeping the public safe. Recently parole staff certified to access and operate the Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC) completed necessary annual training in Savannah.
Congratulations on completing the training!
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Two of our fantastic employees recently graduated from Georgia's Budget and Financial Management Certification Program. Lewanna Tomlinson and Sandra Fuller were among the class graduates. The program is conducted through the UGA Carl Vinson Institute of Government.

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A charitable golf outing raised $1,000.00 for the Correctional Peace Officers Foundation recently. Many thanks to the Georgia Department of Corrections, Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice, staff at the State Board of Pardons and Paroles and the many supporters who gave of themselves to benefit this wonderful non-profit foundation, and we had a great deal of fun!!

“It was awesome to see the fellowship enjoyed by all of the players from the different agencies and organizations while supporting CPOF which has the backs of law enforcement officials and families in their time of need.” - Exec. Director of Parole Chris Barnett.

Our thanks to Eagles Landing Golf and Country Club for their support!!

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Executive Director of Parole Chris Barnett spoke this week to the Rotary Club of Hinesville.
"We want to thank the Hinesville Rotary Club for allowing us to share information about the public safety mission of the State Board of Pardons and Paroles. Our goal is to engage, educate and involve our communities in the parole process in order to continuously enhance our operations which will continue to enhance public safety," states Barnett.
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