The Department of Community Supervision is responsible for the supervision of about 180,000 adult felony offenders and Class A and Class B designated juvenile offenders. Some have been granted parole or a reprieve by the State Board of Pardons and Paroles, while others have received probated or split sentences by Georgia courts.
What's the difference between probation and parole?
Adult felony offenders in Georgia are sentenced to probation by a Superior Court judge. Offenders may be sentenced to a period of time on probation (probated sentence) or they may be sentenced to serve time in prison to be followed by a period of time on probation (split sentence).
Parole is a form of early prison release which can only be granted through a majority vote of Georgia's five member Parole Board.
What is DCS' offender supervision strategy?
DCS uses evidence-based practices to hold offenders accountable and reduce the state's recidivism rate. DCS uses a holistic approach to offender supervision that involves all facets of the community which includes victims and their families, programs for offenders and their families, involvement in community activities and partnerships with other criminal justice agencies. DCS also provide offenders the opportunity to make positive changes while in the community by providing individual support, programs and assistance.
What role does DCS play in the oversight of Georgia's misdemeanor probation system?
On July 1, 2015, the Board of Community Supervision became the sole entity responsible for enacting rules and regulations regarding:
- Contracts or agreements for probation services
- Conduct of business by private service providers and governments establishing probation systems
- Registration of private and governmental service providers
- Uniform professional and contract standards in rendering misdemeanor probation supervision
- Counseling and collection services to the courts
- Inspection and investigation of private and governmental service providers
- Enforcement of registration requirements