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.