The Opening of the Metro Reentry Facility

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Metro State Prison Source: Wikipedia

Michael McIntyre founded Michael Kennedy McIntyre & Associates in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1985. The firm focuses exclusively in the field of postconviction representation. Part of the firm’s representation of its clients is to stay educated regarding any facility changes within the Department of Corrections. One of the most recent facility changes through the Georgia Department of Corrections is the opening of the Metro Reentry Facility.

Metro Reentry Facility in Atlanta, Georgia originally opened in 1980 as Metro State Prison, a facility for male offenders. Metro State Prison switched to all female offenders in 1993 until it closed in 2011. As part of Governor Nathan Deal’s Criminal Justice reform platform, Metro State Prison was repurposed and re-established as Metro Reentry Facility. In August 2018, the Georgia Department of Corrections opened the Metro Reentry Facility. The facility is a transitional state prison for offenders scheduled for release within 18 months. The offenders are referred to as returning citizens at the Metro Reentry Facility. The returning citizens receive intensive counseling, vocational training and housing support in hopes that they will increase their chance of success on parole. The program is targeted to offenders who will be released into the Metro Atlanta counties of Clayton, Cobb, Dekalb, Fulton and Gwinnett. The facility utilizes evidence-based practices and community collaboration to address all barriers for the returning citizens’ successful reentry back into society. Currently, the facility houses approximately 355 offenders and the population will increase to 800 when additional dorm renovations are complete.

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An Overview of the Georgia Performance Incentive Credits Program

Performance Incentive Credits (PIC)

 

 

The attorneys at Michael Kennedy McIntyre & Associates provide dedicated representation to individuals who have received a conviction. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Michael Kennedy McIntyre & Associates ensures that clients understand programs relevant to them, such as Performance Incentive Credits (PIC). Georgia started the PIC program in 1993 to help individuals who are incarcerated move their tentative parole months forward by participating in programs and completing work details.

Most individuals are eligible for the program with the exception of those with life sentences, short sentences, or sentences from a serious violent felony. The PIC program starts with the Case Plan developed upon entry into the prison system. This plan will include the options available for earning PIC points.

One point provides one month of credit. In total, individuals can earn six programmatic points and six work detail points to advance parole release an entire year. Programs that individuals can participate in include vocational and educational training, as well as mental health groups and initiatives based on cognitive behavioral therapy and substance abuse. For work details, people earn six points for 24 consecutive months on a special assignment or 42 consecutive months on a traditional assignment.