ATLANTA - Governor Nathan Deal has issued a proclamation declaring July 18th through July 22nd, as ‘Community 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, “Community corrections is an essential part of the justice system. Community corrections professionals uphold the law with dignity while recognizing the right of the public to be safe-guarded from criminal activity...”
The Department of Community Supervision (DCS) is a new state agency tasked with the supervision of all adult felony offenders and select 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 Nail says DCS officers are deserving of this recognition and honor.
"This is a week set aside to recognize the important and essential work being done by those in the field of community supervision. Our role is an absolute critical one within the criminal justice and public safety arenas. I couldn't be more proud of all those who make up the DCS family,” said Nail. “There is no doubt their efforts day in and day out are making a difference by helping others and enhancing our communities. They are to be saluted and commended for their contributions,” added Nail.
Georgia is a nationally recognized leader in the field of community-based offender supervision. DCS Field Operations Director, David Morrison says it’s an honor and a privilege to serve alongside such a great team of individuals.
“I am very fortunate to work with the men and women of DCS. They are, without question, among the most dedicated and selfless community corrections professionals in the Country,” 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.