Atlanta - Governor Nathan Deal issued a proclamation today declaring July 12th through July 18th, as Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision week. The week is set aside to honor the dedicated men and women who serve and protect Georgia citizens through effective and efficient community-based offender supervision.
The proclamation reads, in part, “The State of Georgia is proud to recognize these professionals as they work to keep our communities safe and our criminal justice system reliant, often performing duties beyond their normal scope of responsibility...”
The Department of Community Supervision (DCS) is a new state agency tasked with the supervision of all adult felony offenders and Class A and B designated juvenile offenders in the state of Georgia. This responsibility was previously shared among the State Board of Pardons and Paroles, the Department of Corrections and the Department of Juvenile Justice.
DCS Commissioner, Michael W. Nail says DCS officers are deserving of this recognition and honor.
“This week places at the forefront of our attention the dedicated and selfless service community corrections professionals provide to our state on a daily basis. Furthermore, it provides us with another opportunity to express our gratitude and appreciation for the excellent work these men and women are doing to protect our communities while changing lives for the better. For their service, we are both thankful and proud,” said Nail.
Georgia is a nationally recognized leader in the field of community-based offender supervision. DCS Field Operations Director, David Morrison says it’s a privilege to work with such a great team of individuals.
“I feel very fortunate to work alongside some of the most committed community supervision professionals in the nation,” said Morrison.
The Georgia Department of Community Supervision was signed into law by Governor Deal on May 7, 2015 and began operations effective July 1, 2015. The department employs approximately 2,000 men and women and supervises over 180,000 offenders throughout Georgia.