Georgia will test a new model that could result in more effective supervision of high-risk parolees because less time would be required for low-risk parolees. In July the state will begin a three-month telephone reporting pilot project and the initiative could be expanded statewide.
“The parolee population is increasing,” said Jay Lacienski, director of field operations at the state Board of Pardons and Parole
. “When you have an ever increasing (parolee) population and a stable parole officer population, you better figure out how to handle that.”
Georgia’s pilot project will move 1,300 low-risk parolees into a voice recognition system developed by a Georgia-based outside contractor. Face-to-face visits with a parole officer will be replaced by telephone reporting. About one-third…