A parole-eligible inmate serving a felony sentence in the custody of the Department of Corrections is automatically considered for parole. No application is necessary from the inmate.

The following categories of inmates are not eligible for parole:

  • Inmates serving non-life sentences for a serious violent felony (rape, aggravated  sodomy, aggravated child molestation, aggravated sexual battery, armed robbery, or kidnapping), with a crime commit date on/after January 1, 1995.
  • Inmates convicted of four or more felonies, and sentenced as a recidivist,
  • Inmates sentenced to life without parole.

Most parole-eligible inmates are statutorily eligible for parole after serving one-third of their prison sentence. However, few inmates are granted parole at their initial eligibility date. Eligible inmates are automatically considered for parole, regardless of appeals or other legal action by the inmate or his or her representative.

* Source: Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole