Atlanta, Georgia, legal firm Michael Kennedy McIntyre & Associates focuses on post-conviction representation for individuals convicted in the states' criminal justice system. Post-conviction criminal defense attorney Michael Kennedy McIntyre has more than three decades of private practice experience representing clients who are incarcerated in the State of Georgia. Part of the firm’s representation includes assisting clients with issues that arise during their incarceration, including issues related to security classification.
Every offender housed in a Georgia Department of Corrections’ facility is assigned a security classification level of close, medium, or minimum security. The Georgia Department of Corrections assesses the offender’s institutional risk when determining the appropriate security classification. The security classification process is designed to allow the Georgia Department of Corrections staff to operate safe and secure facilities. A proper assessment of the offender’s institutional risk is supposed to also help the Georgia Department of Corrections staff to identify facility and programming resources for the offender. The Georgia Department of Corrections utilizes the Next Generation Assessment system to determine the security classification for each offender. The Next Generation Assessment system analyzes a number of factors in order to determine an offender’s security classification. The security classification is reviewed by the Warden of the institution for final approval. The Warden is given limited override capabilities of the Next Generation Assessment system.