Most Georgia inmates have a right to be considered for parole, but they do not have a right or “liberty interest” which requires release on parole.
Most parole-eligible inmates become statutorily eligible for parole consideration after serving one-third of their prison sentence.
State inmates are considered for parole automatically unless required to serve the entire sentence as mandated by Georgia law. Inmates serving a non-life sentence for one or more of the “serious violent felonies” committed on or after January 1, 1995, are not eligible for parole and must serve 100% of the prison term imposed by the Judge. The “serious violent felonies” are murder, rape, aggravated child molestation, aggravated sodomy, aggravated sexual battery, armed robbery, and kidnapping.
Also not eligible are those inmates sentenced as a recidivist (convicted of a fourth felony), or sentenced to life without parole or those under a death sentence. By law, all other inmates in state custody are considered for parole at least once during their prison term.