To: Georgia state legislators

Thousands of Georgia Prisoners Are Never Given A Release Date

Petition Text

Sign this petition to urge Georgia state legislators to make a change in Georgia state legislation allowing prison inmates to be given a definite release date, regardless of life sentences.

Why is this important?

In the state of Georgia, people who are sentenced to life in prison (25 years or more) are never given a release date. In other words, if a Georgia resident is convicted at the age of twenty, and receives a single life sentence (25 years or more), they are never notified of an official release date and are unaware that they could potentially be free, soonest, at the age of forty-five.

Georgia inmates suffer dramatically because of this. The detrimental effects of inmates not knowing when they will be released are numerous, including carelessness, mental illness, excessive pill use, adjustment disorders, depressive nostalgia and violent behavior. In addition, inmates with life sentences have the lowest prison visitation rates due to a loss of family support attributed to indefinite time sentencing. Georgia prisoners and their families are asking for state law to require a set release date during sentencing.

Sign this petition to urge Georgia state legislators to create legislation allowing Georgia prison inmates to be given a definite release date, regardless of life sentences.


Reasons for signing

  • The Georgia Probation and Parole Board has become too comfortable with issuing the same generic form letter to inmates with life sentences with the possibility of parole. There is no logical reason to their release system. There needs to be a more uniformed system for paroling inmates within the Georgia Probation and Parole Board system.
  • This is a scandal and a disgrace! Not to mention inhumane! Who's pocketing the money?
  • Redemption must be allowed to develop, whether we are inside prisons or outside.

Updates

2016-05-21 16:12:27 -0400

1,000 signatures reached

2016-05-21 14:57:08 -0400

500 signatures reached

2016-05-21 14:17:35 -0400

100 signatures reached

2016-05-21 14:09:53 -0400

50 signatures reached

2016-05-21 14:05:34 -0400

25 signatures reached

2016-04-08 13:17:40 -0400

10 signatures reached