Before the Board considers an inmate for parole, it conducts investigations on the inmate, which are used to create a file on the inmate. Parole Board files are separate and distinct from files maintained by the Department of Corrections.
First, a Parole Investigator studies arrest and court records and may talk with arresting officers, court officials, victims, and witnesses in order to write a Legal Investigation report on the details of the inmate’s current offense and a summary of any prior offenses in the same county.
Next, a Parole Investigator interviews the inmate and completes a Personal History Statement questionnaire. The inmate is asked, among other things, where he has resided and worked; who his family members are and where they live; where he plans to live and work upon release; and what his own account is of his crime.
Before the Board makes a final decision to parole an offender, the Board reviews a Parole Review Summary from the Department of Corrections. This discusses the offender’s behavior, attitude, physical status, mental and emotional condition, participation in self-improvement activities, and work performance.
The Board may, at its discretion, request a psychological or psychiatric interview of the inmate.
Other documents in the case file include a Federal Bureau of Investigation or Georgia Crime Information Center record of arrests and convictions, Classification and Admission Summary (on the inmate’s condition when he entered prison), Disciplinary Reports, relevant and non-repetitive correspondences, and summaries of interviews with persons contacting the Board.