DJJ Board News: Angie Holt Elected to Top Leadership of IAWP DJJ Staff  at:  7/16/2012  


Department of Juvenile Justice Commissioner L. Gale Buckner is proud to announce that DJJ Board Member Angie Holt has been elected Chair of the Board of Trustees for the International Association of Women Police (IAWP).

The IAWP, which consists of over 1,200 law enforcement agents from around the world, is dedicated to the mission of strengthening, uniting, and raising the profile of women in criminal justice internationally.

As Chair of the Board of Trustees for the IAWP, Ms. Holt was elected from a select group of past presidents and past executive directors of the organization.  The IAWP Board of Trustees is tasked with safeguarding the objectives of the IAWP and to act as an advisory board to the Board of Directors.

Chair Holt told DJJ News and Views, “I am proud and honored to be chosen by my peers to head the IAWP Board of Trustees.  I look forward to my continued work with this fine organization as we grow and address the needs of women in law enforcement in the years to come.”

Founded in 1915 and incorporated in 1926, the International Association of Women Police includes members from 60 countries with coordinators in 18 IAWP Regions.  The expansion of this global organization is one of the goals of Ms. Holt as she heads up the Board of Trustees.

“With recent IAWP meetings in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) and Bangladesh, I am pleased that our organization is able to advocate for the expansion of opportunities for women in law enforcement in areas that have been traditionally limited in the past.” said Ms. Holt.

In addition, Ms. Holt looks forward to the sustained growth of IAWP training efforts as exemplified by the 2012 IAWP Journey to the Edge Training Conference to be held this September in St. Johns, Newfoundland.

“One of the best ways for the IAWP to grow future leaders in law enforcement is through the advancement of detailed training in areas such as immigration crime and human trafficking abuse.   By standing at the forefront of educational efforts, IAWP is able to raise its profile both in realm of law enforcement as well as in local communities around the world.”

Angie Holt’s distinguished career in Georgia law enforcement spans more than 30 years with professional contributions to five Georgia criminal justice agencies – including the Georgia State Patrol, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Family and Children’s Services and as consultant for Georgia’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and State Board of Pardons and Paroles.

As a GBI Special Agent, Holt’s assignments ranged from the Special Prosecutions Task Force investigating public corruption crimes, to the GBI’s Training Unit where she coordinated specialized training and forensic science classes.  Later as Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) she served on the Olympic Training Committee developing law enforcement protocols for officers assigned to the ’96 Olympic Games.

In July 2011 Angie Holt was reappointed by Governor Nathan Deal for a second term on Georgia’s Sex Offender Registry Review Board which reviews clinical assessments to determine sex offender risk levels throughout the state.   In March 2012 the Governor appointed Holt as DJJ Board Member to represent the Board’s 8th Congressional District.

Holt earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Masters of Public Administration from Georgia Southern College. 

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(Decatur, Georgia)-- Pursuant to the terms of O.C.G.A. § 50-14-1,
notice is hereby given to the public that the regular monthly meeting
of the Board of Juvenile Justice originally scheduled for Wednesday,
July 18, 2012, at 10 a.m. has been cancelled.

The next regularly scheduled DJJ Board meeting will be held at 10:00
am on Wednesday and Thursday, August 22 and 23, 2012 at:

Eastman Youth Development Campus
176 Freamon Graham Blvd.
Eastman, Georgia 31023-8003
Phone: 478-374-6900

Should you have any further questions, please contact Jim Shuler in
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     Clayton News Daily Story: Clayton Judge Appointed to Council for Justice Reform DJJ Staff  at:  7/16/2012  
Clayton News Daily Story --Deal appoints Clayton judge to council for justice reform

By Kathy Jefcoats

JONESBORO — Clayton County’s chief Juvenile Court judge has been appointed by the governor to help reform the state’s criminal justice system, the Clayton News Daily has learned.

Steven Teske and 20 others have been appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to make recommendations on areas of improvement in the criminal justice system, according to an executive order issued by Deal.

A longtime advocate for juvenile justice reform, Teske has written on the subject in peer publications and testified before state and federal lawmakers. He said he looks forward to a more hands-on approach to effecting change.

“I am honored by this appointment to work with a select group of experts and practitioners in criminal justice,” said Teske.

Teske said the Criminal Justice Reform Council was first created last year to study the adult system and make recommendations to Deal.

“They did and the result was the sweeping reform legislation to reduce the incarceration of nonviolent offenders,” he said. “Now, he has re-established it to look at reforming the juvenile justice system. Thus, he appointed me to add to the council with this eye to assessing our juvenile justice system.”

Teske has served as the president of Georgia Council of Juvenile Court Judges. He has also been appointed by the Deal to serve on the Children and Youth Coordinating Council, Commission on Family Violence, Judicial Advisory Council for the Department of Juvenile Justice, Governor’s Office for Children and Families and the Federal Advisory Committee for Juvenile Justice.

Teske said he has written articles calling for reform in juvenile justice and child welfare that have been published in Juvenile and Family Court Journal, Journal and Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, Juvenile and Family Justice Today and the Georgia Bar Journal. He has also testified on detention reform before several state legislatures and U.S. Congress.

As an advocate for children, Teske said he is impressed by Deal’s interest in understanding their needs.

“I have been extremely impressed by our governor’s leadership to reform our criminal justice system,” said Teske. “He is a former Juvenile Court judge and understands the needs of children and families.”

Deal’s wife, Sandra Deal, shares her husband’s concerns, said Teske.

“I work with the first lady on the Governor’s Office for Children and Families,” he said. “I can positively state that she is an asset for all children and families in this state.”

Teske was appointed associate judge in Clayton Juvenile Court in July 1999 and named judge in July 2003. When Chief Judge K. Van Banke retired last year, Teske was appointed to that position.

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     GGIA Gang Training Event with DJJ DJJ Staff  at:  7/12/2012  
Views from the Georgia Gang Investigators Association (GGIA) Gang Training


DJJ Commissioner L. Gale Buckner (pictured with DJJ Deputy Commissioner Sarah Draper and GGIA Secretary Lisa Casey Bryson) received a plaque from the Georgia Gang Investigators Association honoring her and DJJ for supporting statewide education and training for all Georgia law enforcement

On July 9th the Department of Juvenile Justice partnered with the Georgia Gang Investigators Association (GGIA) for a day-long gang training event where Georgia experts shared years of street survival insights.

GGIA President Marco Silva presented DJJ Commissioner L. Gale Buckner with a plaque to honor her and the Department of Juvenile Justice for supporting statewide education and training for all Georgia law enforcement. Since her arrival at DJJ in November of 2011, Commissioner Buckner has been instrumental in moving the juvenile justice agency forward in its efforts to combat institutional gang issues. Commissioner Buckner's support and willingness to work with GGIA has enabled the gang investigator's organization to increase its visibility and effectiveness in reaching its mission.

"The biggest mistake law enforcement can make is to label juveniles as gang wannabe's.  If those juveniles think they're gang members, then they are gang members.. and law enforcement better be prepared for them to act like gang members. Because gang members sell fear and violence -- Because without violence, gangs are not effective."

DJJ sponsored the "Basic Gangs and Youth" program at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth. The conference brought in more than 400 participants from the Department of Corrections, Pardons and Parole, and Department of Juvenile Justice, along with local law enforcement officers from police and sheriff's offices across the state.

"Young people are drawn to gangs by the promise of girls, guns, and drugs.. They think gangs can provide them with the things they value most -- expensive sneakers, gold rings, and leather jackets.. They're looking for acceptance, protection, parties, power and respect.. That's what gangs provide."

Audience at the Georgia Gang Investigators Association Conference

GGIA experts taught sessions on Basic Street Gang Identification, Collecting and Evaluating Street Gang Intelligence and Identifying and Translating Street Gang Graffiti. The mission of the Georgia Gang Investigators Association is to promote a free exchange of intelligence and information among investigators.  Its goal is to effectively impact on the level of gang-related violence perpetrated by criminal groups whose actions adversely affect and constitute a threat to public order.  Timely conference topics included Youth Gangs in Correctional Settings, Girls and Gangs, and Latino and Hispanic Street and Youth Gangs.

"Gangs promise to take the place of family and to take care of their members just like family.  They mark their members with beat-ins, tattoos, nicknames and colors. What draws young people to gangs? Gang life is La Vida Loca.   Unlike ordinary teen life, gang life is never boring."

The Georgia Gang Investigators Association (GGIA), was founded in 1998, as the organization to combat the increase in gang violence in Georgia. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, GGIA assists with training not only to law enforcement personnel, but for schools officials, students, public workers, and citizens of Georgia. Providing the three (3) R's "Record It, Report It, and Remove It", reminds citizens to take control of their community. For more information about the Georgia Gang Investigators Association, visit them on the web at

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     DJJ Board News: Chairman Niles Appointed by Governor to Special Court Committee DJJ Staff  at:  6/29/2012  
DJJ Board News:  Chairman Niles Appointed by Governor to Special Court Committee

Department of Juvenile Justice Commissioner L. Gale Buckner is pleased to announce that DJJ Board Chairman Avery Niles has been selected by Governor Nathan Deal as one of five appointees to serve on Georgia’s Accountability Court Funding Committee.

The committee, created by an executive order signed last month, is charged with determining the funding priorities for alternative courts.  The committee will meet until June of next year. Governor Deal included $10 million in funds from his 2013 budget for the creation of new accountability courts.

In a statement issued through a Hall County government news release, Chairman Niles said, ““With the high cost of housing nonviolent prisoners in our institutions throughout the state, I can’t think of a better way to rehabilitate individuals, reduce recidivism, and stretch tax dollars than through the expansion of accountability courts.”

Many states have adopted the use of accountability courts in response to the costly cycle of housing non-violent prisoners.  Studies indicate accountability courts are a cost effective alternative to sentencing and in some cases have produced better results when compared to traditional sentencing options such as incarceration and probation.  This year state lawmakers passed Georgia’s law giving judges more latitude in passing sentences. 

The difference in the Accountability Courts program occurs after conviction.  Instead of sentencing offenders to a state prison or other residential correctional center, local judges and a team of professionals create a program where the offender can receive treatment while being supervised in the community.  Repeated rule violations are not tolerated.  Offenders know if they do not strictly follow the program rules, they will be sent to prison to serve a traditional sentence.

That possibility of serving a traditional sentence is a good motivator for accountability court participants. The combination of judicial monitoring and constant interaction with participants has resulted in graduates of accountability courts programs being less likely to become repeat offenders.

The Accountability Court Funding Committee is composed of nine members. The governor appoints five, which include a chairman and  a co-chairman.  DJJ Board Chairman Avery Niles, who is warden of the Hall County Correctional Institution, was one of two Hall County officials appointed to the committee.  Hall County Superior Court Judge Kathlene Gosselin was named to the committee by Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice George H. Carley.

Department of Juvenile Justice Commissioner L. Gale Buckner congratulated Chairman Niles on his appointment at the June DJJ Board meeting.  Commissioner Buckner said, “We should point out that out of the nine members appointed for this important task, Chairman Niles is the only committee member named who was not a judge.   We are very pleased to share the Chairman’s expertise in this area where his experience and judgment can help the State of Georgia provide new programs that have a substantial impact reducing recidivism, increasing rehabilitation, and protecting the public from harm.” 

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