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2016 Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run

DJJ supports Georgia's Special Olympics [more]

2015-2016 State Charitable Campaign

DJJ is a proud participant and sponsor of the State of Georgia's Charitable Campaign [more]

Repack the Backpack 2015

Repack the Backpack is the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice's agency wide school supply drive for students needing support for the upcoming school year. [more]

2015 Georgia Preparatory Academy Spring Graduation

On May 21, 2015, the Georgia Preparatory Academy held its Class of 2015 Commencement Exercises at the Atlanta Youth Development Campus in College Park, Georgia. [more]


On Monday, March 30, 2015, Governor Nathan Deal signed House Bill 91 into law, thereby creating a new code section, O.C.G.A. § 20-2-281.1, this law has become effective. This law removes the requirement of a graduation assessment needed to obtain a high school diploma in Georgia. It provides any student who did not receive a diploma due to not passing the Georgia High School Graduation Test, Georgia High School Writing Test, or any previous graduation assessment, the option to petition a school system to receive their diploma as long as the student meets all other requirements for a high school diploma. In accordance with this law, the Department of Juvenile Justice – Georgia Preparatory Academy has created a petition which can be completed if a student did not receive a high school diploma due to these circumstances. Directions for submitting the petition are included on the form. Once a form is submitted, the student’s record will be reviewed and a determination will be made regarding the diploma. [more]


The Implementation of Facility- Wide PBIS statewide is helping to change the culture in DJJ facilities to a more positive environment where youth and staff are reinforced for displaying the expected behaviors posted in the facility’s local operating procedures that are established within the PBIS Framework.[more]

2015 Volunteer Services Program

The Volunteer Services Program is responsible for the recruitment and screening of prospective volunteers, as well as their orientation and training.[more]

Beat the Streets

Commissioner Avery D. Niles is pleased to announce the launch of an innovative exercise program designed to introduce running to disadvantaged youth. The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice and Atlanta Track Club have created a “Beat the Streets” Program at the Metro Regional Youth Detention Center [more]

2015 Commissioner's Challenge

The Special Operations Unit of the Division of Operations & Compliance hosted the First Annual Special Operations Commissioner's Challenge at the Georgia Diagnostic & Classification State Prison in Jackson, Georgia. [more]

Georgia PREA

The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) mandates a ZERO TOLERANCE toward all forms of sexual abuse and harassment. Through PREA, the Prison Rape Elimination Act,  guidelines are provided for staff to reduce the risk of sexual abuse within DJJ facilities/programs/offices (owned, operated or contracted).[more]

Special Olympics Torch Run 2014

On May 30th, DJJ employee supporters and runners came together at Phillips Arena in Atlanta to participate in the final Law Enforcement Torch Run before the start of the 2014 Summer Games held at Emory University. [more]

Gwinnett RYDC Closure News

Commissioner Avery D. Niles recently that the Department of Juvenile Justice plans to close its Regional Youth Detention Center in Gwinnett County as of June 2014. Commissioner Niles made the announcement after notifying Gwinnett County law enforcement officials, legislators and members of the Gwinnett judiciary. [more]

2014 Georgia Preparatory Academy Graduation

Commissioner Avery D. Niles is proud to announce the success of another consolidated DJJ graduation ceremony, combining senior class grads from seven secure Youth Development Campuses around the state. [more]

Careers at DJJ

The Department of Juvenile Justice has created a one-stop shop for career and employment opportunities at DJJ with the Careers at DJJ website.[more]

Restock the Shelves '14

Restock the Shelves is DJJ's new after-holiday agency-wide canned food drive to help our local food banks refill their pantries following the busy December holidays. [more]

Professional Momentum: "The Commissioner is Pleased to Announce.... ...Personnel, Positions, and Promotions"

In our “Professional Momentum” showcase, Commissioner Avery D. Niles and the DJJ Leadership Team want to recognize staff members who have recently been promoted or hired to key positions within the department. Commissioner Niles is pleased to announce this new online feature of the DJJ Newsletter, designed to welcome and congratulate those who strive to make DJJ a better work place every day. [more]

FYI at DJJ-Georgia Juvenile Justice Newsletter

FYI @ DJJ is your online source for the latest news from our many Department of Juvenile Justice court services offices and secure facilities throughout the state and our divisions at Central Office in Decatur. Learn more about the innovative programs and activities involving your professional DJJ colleagues as they strive to improve the lives of the youth in our care and custody while serving the public safety needs of the citizens of the State of Georgia.[more]

Gangs 101 - What You Need to Know

Gang activity is a growing problem at the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). Through education, we can help de-scale Georgia's gang violence problem.[more]

Employee Recognition Award Program

Designed to recognize those at DJJ who go above and beyond the call of duty, the Employee Recognition Award Program will highlight outstanding customer service in the department.[more]

Office of Victim Services

Through its inception, the department has identified victim services as a key to building safe communities in Georgia; by providing a balance between victim rights, public safety and juvenile rehabilitation. The Office of Victim Services is responsible for affording victims of crime access to rights and services provided by Georgia law and departmental policies. [more]

The Emanuel Project

The Atlanta Youth Development Center in Fulton County became the latest juvenile detention facility in the country to participate and unveil a mural as part of the nationwide arts program called the “Emanuel Project”. [more]

MOSS Group Conducts Victim Impact and Advocacy Training

Department of Juvenile Justice Commissioner Avery D. Niles and his Executive Staff met at Central Office in May for special leadership training about the current DJJ culture towards Victimization and its impact on overall agency decision-making. [more]

Know the Law

“Do You Know the Law?” That’s the question juvenile justice Commissioner Avery D. Niles is asking local teens and Georgia’s young people at-risk. Commissioner Niles says teens need to be better informed about the legal system to avoid the kind of trouble that can lead to encounters with Georgia’s juvenile justice system. [more]

DJJ/University of Phoenix Employee Program

The Department of Juvenile Justice and the University of Phoenix are dedicated to building the future of how people learn and by nuturing employees to reach their fullest potential.[more]

GPA Food Services Wellness Goals

The purpose of the Department of Juvenile Justice Wellness Program is to develop wellness programming for the health benefit of DJJ youth in order to reduce obesity, improve nutrition, and increase physical activity. [more]

Victims of Crime Candlelight Vigil

Recently, family members, friends and various fire, police and government officials honored those lost during a candlelight vigil held at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center. [more]

Project F.A.C.E. – Faith and Community Engagement Project in Georgia

The mission of Project F.A.C.E. is to empower communities to provide a seamless process where Georgia’s at-risk youth and youthful offenders have new opportunities to receive support- services preparing them for successful transition into long-range rehabilitation as productive law-abiding citizens. [more]

Georgia Safe Sleep

Each year, nearly 1,000 children die due to choking or suffocation. Experts warn against co-sleeping. Share a room with your baby, not the bed, recliner, or sofa. While fatalities from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) have declined dramatically since the Nineties, deaths from other sleep-related causes including suffocation, entrapment, and asphyxia have increased. Don't add to the numbers: Get the facts today. [more]

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DJJ Needs Your Employee Stories!

The DJJ Communications Team wants to hear from you! Have a story about a DJJ employee who has gone above and beyond the call of duty at work? Tell us and we'll post it here online to let everyone know! We also want your event stories and pictures to share with the DJJ Team. Let everyone know about the good news and people that make up DJJ. Send your pictures and stories to Matt Montgomery at today! [email communications]