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Parole/Probation innovation saves money

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(Source: Leslie O. Lamb) (Source: Leslie O. Lamb)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

With information from Leslie O. Lamb

The Albany Parole Office and Albany Probation Office received the PAOG's Innovation Award for its Joint Community Supervision Project Tuesday.  

There were two sides to this project: the idea of going virtual; closing large offices and putting officers in cars on the streets to provide more public safety to the community and forming joint supervision partnerships; pairing parole officers with probation officers on a day to day basis.  

Now when an offender gets out of prison and comes to parole supervision they are assigned to a team and when he completes his parole supervision his probation officer already knows everything there is to know about him.  

With the personal hand off instead of the letters we used to send from one agency to the other the offender knows that his/her "new" officer already knows pretty much everything there is to know about him/her.  

There is no transition time from one to the other, the move is seamless and prevents offenders from falling through any cracks.  The offender also can't use the excuse of "I didn't know I had to report to probation."

By putting officers in cars and taking them out of the office they are spending more time in the community working towards both agencies primary mission of public safety.

As a result, the Parole Board began shutting the doors of parole offices around the state during December.  By this time next year most offices should be closed or seriously down sized.  

Officers are working are leveraging technology, working from their state cars and homes. The projected savings to the state stands at $1.4 million . 

The people seen in the attached picture are: Parole Officers Phil Burrell and Don Whitmire, Board Members Robert Keller and Terry Barnard, Chief Parole Officer Leslie Lamb, Front Row: Probation Officers Kim Cheevers, Santricia Mercer, Alecia Walker, Parole Officers W. Roye Coleman and Rod Porter with Chief Parole Officer Kim Persley in the front.