Based in Atlanta, Georgia, law firm Michael Kennedy McIntyre & Associates focuses its practice on postconviction legal representation, including habeas corpus, appeals, and pardon and parole cases. Backed by the experience of a former Georgia Parole Board member, Michael Kennedy McIntyre & Associates offers the best counsel concerning parole matters and the state’s Parole Decision Guidelines. Established in 1979, the Georgia Parole Decision Guidelines aim to standardize confinement times. Recent revisions to the guidelines include integrating a data-driven risk instrument into the process. For the first time, the new guidelines align with the average duration of prison sentences imposed by the state. The revisions were adopted after the extensive study of several parole-related factors, including the risks associated with granting clemency, past practices, and the impact on prison capacity. Ultimately, the parole board determined the specific revisions served the best interest of the public and the criminal justice community.
Michael Kennedy McIntyre & Associates is an Atlanta-based law firm that focuses on criminal postconviction representation, including representation before the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles. In order for the firm to evaluate a case and assess the offender’s prospects for parole, the firm must determine how the Parole Decision Guidelines System will be applied in the case. When the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles considers a case for parole, the Board receives a recommendation of months, or a percentage of the sentence, to serve based upon the Parole Decision Guidelines System, which accounts for the severity of the crime and the offender’s risk to reoffend.
In April, 2017, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles approved the first updates to the Parole Decision Guidelines System since 2007. The updated Guidelines will be implemented July 1, 2017. The Parole Board considered recent data to update the Guidelines which included new statewide sentencing averages and outcomes from previous decisions made by the Parole Board. Although the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles uses the Parole Decision Guidelines System to guide their decisions, the Parole Board has the ability to deviate from the Guidelines recommendation to either increase or lower the time to serve prior to parole. The 2017 updates to the Parole Decision Guidelines System included raising the crime severity level of certain types of convictions. The higher that the offender’s crime severity level is, the more serious the offense and the parole decision would likely be a recommendation to serve a longer period of time. Another notable update is on the risk to re-offend scale, the Parole Board will now include prior arrests in place of prior convictions for the offender.
From its office in Atlanta, Georgia, Michael Kennedy McIntyre & Associates works exclusively in the field of post-conviction representation. The firm advises clients on parole-related issues, in addition to representing those who wish to become free from the restrictions placed on them as a result of prior convictions. Michael Kennedy McIntyre & Associates maintains in-depth knowledge of Georgia’s sex offender registry and the restrictions placed on offenders. In one of the firm’s cases, it worked with a client who was placed on Georgia’s sex offender registry, in addition to experiencing numerous other restrictions and requirements, as a result of a conviction in a different state. The firm filed a petition to remove the requirements placed on the client in the client’s county of residence, which was granted. The result of the action was complete removal of the restrictions and requirements placed on the client, in addition to removal of the client’s name from Georgia’s sex offender registry.
For more than 30 years, attorney Michael McIntyre has practiced exclusively in the field of postconviction representation. His firm, Michael Kennedy McIntyre & Associates, focuses on the needs of criminal defendants after conviction and assists clients with matters such as seeking parole. In most cases in the state of Georgia, a convicted person reaches their Parole Eligibility Date (PED) when he or she has served one-third of their custodial sentence. At that time, a hearing examiner rates the severity level of the individual’s crime and compares that to the related parole-decision guidelines set forth by the state. If the Parole Board determines that parole is advisable, it establishes a Tentative Parole Month (TPM).
During the process of parole consideration, the Parole Board reviews records related to the individual’s arrest and trial. The Parole Board also reviews the correctional institution’s report on the eligible individual, which includes information about his or her mental, physical, and emotional health, as well as accounts of his or her behavior and initiative while incarcerated. The parole decision incorporates not only these findings but also any information that the Parole Board receives from third parties. In the State of Georgia, any individual, including victims and prosecutors, may send information for consideration. All of this material helps the Parole Board to determine if, when the TPM arrives, the individual will be released on parole.