What are the differences between parole and probation?
Parole is the conditional release of an inmate from prison prior to his or her maximum release date. Parole is an act of clemency performed by the State Board of Pardons and Paroles. Offenders granted parole are placed under the supervision of DCS.
Probation is a sentence issued by the court following a plea or conviction in a criminal case. Probation is an alternative to incarceration. It allows the offender to be monitored for compliance with court ordered conditions while under community supervision.
Can offenders under the supervision of DCS leave the state of Georgia?
Yes. Offenders must, however, request permission to travel out of state. If a request to travel out of state is approved, the offender will be issued a written travel permit and will be subject to the terms and conditions of the permit.
Can offenders under the supervision of DCS change their residence address?
Offenders may change their residence of record with prior permission from a community supervision officer.
Are offenders under the supervision of DCS allowed to own, receive or posses firearms?
No. Offenders are NOT allowed to own or posses any type of firearm or ammunition. Offenders must make application with the State Board of Pardons and Paroles to have firearms rights restored after a period of five (5) years following the completion of all prison and/or probation sentences. For more information on Pardons and Firearms Restoration click here.
Do offenders under the supervision of DCS have the right to vote?
No. The right to vote is automatically restored upon the completion of an offender's sentence. The offender will, however, be required to re-register in his or county of residence. To find local voter registration offices please click here.
If an offender under the supervision of DCS resides in my home will I ever be visited by a community supervision officer?
Yes. DCS officers are required to conduct unscheduled field visits at the offender's residence of record. The frequency of these visits depends on several factors including the offender's level of supervision and his or her compliance with the conditions of release.