State Parole Board to visit Augusta to speak with crime victims

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

(WRDW/WAGT) -- The state Parole Board is heading to Augusta on April 24th for Victims Visitors' Day to meet with crime victims.

The event will be hosted at Augusta Technical College. In confidential meetings, victims will be able to meet with the Board to tell them how the crime impacted them and they'll get to ask questions about the parole process.

“This event affords the crime victim an opportunity to speak directly to the Parole Board and give us information for the case file that will be important when we make a parole decision,” states Parole Board Chairman Terry Barnard. “Not only is the information the victims provide important to the parole process, we want victims to understand the parole process and their role, which again is vital to the Board making informed parole decisions."

The chairman also says the Board considers every piece of information in each case file before making a decision.

District Attorney Natalie Paine is welcoming the Parole Board to the Garden City.

“We cannot undo what pain victims have gone through; however, we strive to make sure that their voice is heard as loudly and clearly as possible. I sincerely hope that those who have been victimized will take advantage of this unique opportunity to have their voices heard,” stated Paine.

Victims who want to speak with the Parole Board can make an appointment by contacting the Georgia Office of Victim Services at (404) 651-6544 by Tuesday, April 23rd.

Locally, victims may call the Augusta Victim-Witness Assistance Program at 706-821-1135 to schedule an appointment.

All victims are welcome to attend the event.

The meetings begin at 9:00 a.m. in the Jack B. Patrick Information Center at Augusta Tech.