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Department of Community Supervision: Georgia's newest state agency

June 30, 2015
DCS official seal

Born of recommendations from the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform and Governor Nathan Deal’s ongoing criminal justice reform efforts, the Department of Community Supervision (DCS) will assume the responsibilities of the community supervision of parolees from the State Board of Pardons and Paroles, probationers from the Department of Corrections and Class A and B juveniles from the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Simply put, our mission is to protect and serve all Georgia citizens through effective and efficient offender supervision in our communities, while providing opportunities for successful outcomes.  

The year 2015 marks a pivotal time of progressive change and opportunity for our agency.  Fortunately for us, change is the heart of our business in the field of community supervision. Our work changes the lives of the offenders, their families and the communities we serve.

The field of community supervision is one of the most dynamic in the criminal justice system. The need to modify and adapt is continuous and we value this opportunity as we believe it brings out the best in us; helping us to strive to lead during times of change, working to be better, more efficient and more in touch with the communities we serve.

Much as Georgia has become the model for criminal justice reform across the nation, it is our goal to become a national leader in the innovative and progressive community supervision of offenders as well.  We believe we can reach this goal by embracing best and next evidence based practices, utilizing an integrated approach to improve offender behavior, effectively coordinating between all concerned stakeholders and ensuring victim’s voices are heard and victim rights are protected.  

Our agency was founded on the tenets of public safety and progress.  As the Commissioner of the Department of Community Supervision, I am privileged to be a part of such an outstanding team of individuals who are already making this vision a reality.

About the Author

Michael W. Nail was appointed Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Supervision on May 7, 2015. Prior to being named Commissioner of DCS, he served as the Executive Director of the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles since 2010.

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