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State Board of Pardons and Paroles meeting with officials in Chatham Co.


A push for more notice to city leaders before people are considered or released on parole is already underway at the state level.

Late last year, Alderman Tom Bordeaux submitted a letter to state legislature asking that a current statue requiring only a 72-hour notice be revised to require a 30-day notice.

Executive Director of Georgia’s Board of Pardons and Paroles, Chris Barnett, said the board will be reaching out to law enforcement officials and elected leaders in Chatham County on Wednesday and in coming weeks to talk about their role in addressing the rise in violent crime.

"The Board is aware of the rising violent crime here in Savannah. We want to be part of the solution. So we've come to Savannah to meet with our local law enforcement and the community to see how we can best accomplish that,” said Barnett.

Barnett said while the BPP doesn't get every decision right, each is made while keeping in mind what's best for public safety. Barnett added that if an issue with a release is brought to their attention, that the Board takes it seriously, and re-evaluates the decision.

Barnett said Wednesday’s meetings include talking with Chatham County Sheriff Roy Harris.

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