Pre-Parole Investigations in the State of Georgia

 

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For more than three decades, attorney Michael Kennedy McIntyre has led Michael Kennedy McIntyre & Associates in Atlanta, Georgia. At Michael Kennedy McIntyre & Associates, Mr. McIntyre and his team provide post-conviction representation for clients whose cases are being considered by the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles. Many offenders in the Georgia Department of Corrections typically are required to serve one-third of their sentences before they are eligible for parole consideration. Before considering an offender for parole, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles conducts a pre-parole investigation. This process creates a file that includes the offender’s personal history and information about the offender’s convicting offense and former arrest record. Pre-parole investigation files are maintained by the Parole Board and used as the basis for all decision-making related to granting or denying an offender’s release on parole. Another document considered during the process include the Department of Corrections’ Parole Review Summary, which covers the offender’s activities and behavior in prison. Generally, there are four possible results of the Georgia Parole Board’s consideration of an offender for parole: first, the Georgia Parole Board may grant the offender parole; second, the Georgia Parole Board may deny parole entirely and require the offender to serve out the entire sentence; third, the Georgia Parole Board may establish a Tentative Parole Month for the offender; and fourth, the Georgia Parole Board may instead establish a “Reconsideration Date.” A “Reconsideration Date” is the future date when the Georgia Parole Board will next consider the offender for parole.

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Georgia’s Parole Decision Guidelines

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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.

Georgia Parole Decision Guidelines System

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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.

Removal from the Sex Offender Registry in Georgia

 

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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.