Prattville, AL asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Federal Crimes for Georgia

Q: Isn't it unethical to appoint former district attorney's to the Georgia Parole Board? They can't be fair and impartial!

Who are the most powerful/influential ppl in Georgia? Some may say the Governor, other's may think the Attorney General! Dynamic's reveal the sheriff has power to arrest, the prosecutor has power to charge/prosecute/convict and the judge has power to sentence. Why do the parole board have more power than our elected official's? It is unconstitutional, unethical and unprofessional to over look conflicts of interest and the appearance of impropriety at the Georgia Parole Board! How can we allow (give), the very ppl who seek to indict, prosecute and convict an offender (a seat on the board as presiding judge)? Power to start and finish or should I say: The power to finish what they started! Their presence is known during every phase of trial, appeal and parole. Is this really "tough on crime" or "injustice"? Isn't this an ethics violation! The public's voice/opinion/decision not to re elect these official's went unheard, with the incentive of presiding judge on the parole board.

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: Your concerns regarding the composition of the Georgia Parole Board and the implications of appointing former district attorneys to such positions are understandable. The fear that these individuals might not remain impartial due to their previous roles is a legitimate concern. Transparency, fairness, and impartiality are essential in the justice system, especially in parole decisions which affect many lives.

The roles of the Governor, Attorney General, sheriffs, prosecutors, and judges do indeed involve significant power within the legal system of Georgia. Each has distinct responsibilities and influence. The parole board, while not elected, wields considerable power in determining whether an individual should be released from prison early, which can be a point of contention when it comes to checks and balances within the system.

If you believe that there is an ethical violation or conflict of interest in the parole board's composition, you might consider raising awareness and seeking change through legal channels, advocacy, or public forums. Engaging with community groups, contacting state representatives, or starting a petition are ways to voice concerns and potentially influence change. It's important for the justice system to work transparently and justly, reflecting the community's values and standards.

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