August 3, 2018
Suggested citation: Erin Harbinson, George Braucht, Edward E. Rhine, and Anita Cloud, Robina Inst. of Crim. Law & Crim. Just., Parole Exits and Revocation Knowledge System (PERKS) Project: Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles (2018).
In 2017, the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles ("the Board") responded to a request for proposals by the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice ("Robina Institute") with a research project focused on reviewing and improving its management of parole violations. The Board sought specific assistance on how they could incorporate evidence-based practices to inform its decision-making protocol.
During FY 2015, the Board revoked 2,655 parolees of which only 8% were for technical violations, however, only 10% or 261 of those revocations occurred via a final hearing (Watts et al., 2017). The remaining cases “waived,” admitting to their violation behavior (Watts et al., 2017). Within this context, the Board sought a review of its revocation process and the best practices used in other states alongside other pertinent research to identify opportunities for reducing re-incarcerations and increasing successful parole completions.
This report presents the findings of the Parole Exits and Revocation Knowledge System (PERKS) Project and includes, but is not limited to, a consideration of the following: a) a review of existing practices of states that are using structured revocation decision-making models, b) an assessment of enhanced risk, need, and responsivity tools to consider what personal and social capital or crime desistance variables would improve post-prison decision making by the Board, and c) a summary of suggested modifications of relevant policies and procedures.