Victims, families share stories with Parole Board

Victims Visitors' Day allows crime victims and family members to speak out about their individual cases.

Photo: Kailey McCarthy

Tuesday morning, crime victims and their families were invited to attend Victims Visitors' Day in Cordele.

Crime victims had the opportunity to sit down one-on-one with the State Board of Pardons and Paroles to discuss their confidential cases.

Over 60 families were slated to have private conversations with the board.

According to Board Chairman James Mills, the board considers things like court documents, prosecutor recommendations, inmate behavior as well as the level of crime itself before making a decision.

Local resident Johnny Lamb lost his wife to a drunk driving incident a handful of years ago. He says that having events like this helps him cope.

"My wife was killed on impact, it was very traumatic. We have three girls and I've been raising our youngest daughter which was 10 years old at the time. She's now 16 so, it's been easy and I thank God for helping me through it," said Lamb.

Mills says it is important for victims to attend events like this because it could have an influence on their case.

"There's no more powerful testimony that we can hear than those who've had the crimes committed against them from the victims themselves."

According to Mills, any important information a victim discussed during Tuesday's meeting will be taken into consideration when deciding the case.

Victims Visitors' Day is held twice a year, once in October and once in April.

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