Michael Kennedy McIntyre opened his practice, Michael Kennedy McIntyre & Associates in Atlanta, Georgia, over 30 years ago and specializes in post-conviction representation. McIntyre & Associates is available to assist individuals with issues that arise while on parole or probation in Georgia. For years in Georgia, parolees were supervised by the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles and probationers were supervised by the Georgia Department of Corrections. In 2015, based upon a review by the Georgia Council of Criminal Justice Reform, a bill was introduced to the Georgia Assembly which would combine the supervision of parolees and probationers by creating one state agency that would be responsible for all offender supervision. That bill, HB 310, was signed into law in May 2015 by Governor Deal and thereby created the Department of Community Supervision (DCS). The DCS monitors both parolees and probationers has its headquarters in Atlanta and field offices throughout the state.
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.