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Ga. parole board backs new agency proposed by Gov. Deal
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ATLANTA (AP) — The chairman of Georgia's parole board says he backs Gov. Nathan Deal's proposal to create a new agency to supervise people on parole or probation.

Deal made the proposal during his State of the State address on Wednesday. The State Board of Pardons and Paroles, the Department of Corrections and the Department of Juvenile Justice handle the supervision now. The governor is counting on support from all three agencies as lawmakers evaluate the change.

Chairman Terry Barnard says all five board members want their agency to be a key partner in that effort.

Deal told The Associated Press on Tuesday that a separate agency will eliminate duplicate visits to one address by state supervisors and cut down on the number of people needed to oversee those on parole or probation.