Improving Community Supervision with Four Mindset Shifts


Tuesday, February 1, 2022
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Session Type: Workshop

People working in the criminal justice system must take an honest, critical look at how we perceive and interact with justice-involved individuals. In this workshop, Dr. Powell fuses his firsthand experience as a community supervision officer with criminal justice data to propose four urgently needed yet easily achievable mindset shifts that will foster the well-being of people with criminal records and build stronger communities. This workshop will also explore the Georgia Department of Community Supervision’s (DCS) shift towards a Person-Centered Supervision Model that enhances the supervisee’s voice in their supervision and will highlight how DCS has relied upon elements of procedural justice, technology, and research to deliver supervision that makes a difference in communities across Georgia.


Nicholas Powell
Director of Strategic Planning and Research, GA Department of Community Supervision

Dr. Nick Powell is the Director of Strategic Planning & Analysis for the Georgia Department of Community Supervision. In this role, Dr. Powell manages the agency's strategic plan and performance measures. Additionally, he oversees data, grant, policy, and research-related projects for the Department. Prior to his current position, Dr. Powell served as the Director of Strategic Planning & Research, a Data Analyst, Media Relations Specialist, and as an Assistant Chief in the Atlanta Judicial Circuit. Dr. Powell holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, a Master’s degree in Public Administration, and a Doctorate in Sociology with a research focus on probation and parole.