Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles hosts ‘Victim Visitor’s Day’

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MILLEDGEVILLE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – People who have fallen victim to offenders are able to reach out for help.

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles invited victims to come out to meet with the board and other government agencies to discuss the impact of crime and the offender’s parole status for ‘Victim Visitor’s Day’.

“Victims are an extremely critical part of the parole process,” says Director of Communications, State Board of Pardons and Paroles.

“One of the things that I think this helps, is for victims to become survivors and we heard some inspirational remarks from our speakers today about that process and surviving and not letting the crime and what has happened to the person or the family take over their lives for the rest of their lives,” Hayes adds.

Five victims spoke at the event and shared their stories and how they overcame their past.

“I talked about how I lost my mother to domestic violence when I was twelve and my brother and sister who are in the room right now were only two. She was strangled to death by my brother and sister’s father;by her ex-boyfriend. Overcoming that really through my family, my faith and finding forgiveness for the offender,” says Ashley Moore who is a victim.

Crime victims met with a parole board member, hearing examiner and clemency staff to answer questions about an offender’s case and provide information to the board.

“Once all of that is done, we take that information and we put it in the parole offender’s file so that board members will have that to review,” Hayes continues.

Some offenders who are no longer behind bars are either on parole or probation. The Department for Community Supervision makes sure they are not in contact with victims, however were on site to discuss the aspect of the offender’s supervision.

David Morrison, Director of Field Operations for The Department of Community Supervision says, “Often times they may have questions about how do you supervise them, what takes place, am I safe, and we reassure them of that.”

Some of the victims who came out were able to register for the first time with the Georgia Office of Victim Services.

The Board of Parole has been conducting these events around the states since 2006.

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(478) 745-4141 ext. 303 Karlisha Booze joined the 41NBC news team in October 2013 as the producer for 41 TODAY. A year later, reporting for Channel 17, the Bibb County School District channel, was added to her responsibilities. Born and raised in Macon, Karlisha is proud to be in her hometown doing what she loves to do. Karlisha's passion for news began in elementary school where she anchored the school's morning news and got an opportunity to try out for the Junior Journalists at WMAZ. She also performed in commercials with Kids Voting Georgia, for Bibb County and Cox Communications. Prior to working at 41NBC, she was a news intern at WGXA and was later hired as a production assistant and worked as a fill-in anchor/producer for the station's morning news broadcast. Karlisha graduated from Middle Georgia College in 2009 with an Associate of Arts (Communications), from Fort Valley State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts (Mass Communications), and from Ashford University in 2014 with a Master of Arts (Organizational Management). She is currently pursuing a Doctorate focusing on Business Administration. In her free time, she enjoys writing poetry and spending time with family and friends, especially her son, Ka'Dence. If you have any story ideas, please pass them along!