- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia’s State Board of Pardons and Paroles has selected a new director of clemency.

An agency news release says the appointment of James Williams Jr. was effective Monday. He is responsible for the division that oversees the parole process.

The agency says that process includes a thorough investigation of an offender’s case, which is reviewed by board members who decide whether to grant parole.

The news release says Williams has more than 32 years in the criminal justice field. He began his career as a Baldwin County sheriff’s deputy in 1983, became a parole officer in 1987 and has held a variety of positions with the parole board. He has also worked as a training instructor and a criminal justice adjunct instructor at colleges in Milledgeville and Madison.

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