How Parole Is Granted in Georgia

What You Need to Know About Parole in Georgia

A practicing attorney since 1985, Michael Kennedy McIntyre works with the Georgia-based law firm Michael Kennedy McIntyre & Associates. The work at Michael Kennedy McIntyre & Associates is focused specifically on assisting clients who need criminal post-conviction representation. In the State of Georgia, any offender that is serving a felony sentence and eligible for parole is automatically considered at their parole eligibility date. It is not necessary to apply for parole. Most offenders who are eligible for parole consideration and are not serving a life sentence, are eligible for parole consideration upon serving one-third of their prison sentence, though it is very rare that parole is granted on that exact date. In Georgia, offenders do not go before the Parole Board to plead their case, as no formal parole hearings are held before decisions are made. Instead, the Parole Board members individually consider each eligible offender before casting a vote. The Parole Board can make a decision to parole an offender on a tentative parole date or a decision to deny parole. If parole is denied or if the tentative parole release date is more than 5 years away, the inmate is automatically reconsidered at least every 5 years.

How Does Parole Work in Georgia?

 

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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.