Victim Services Program Coordinator Lalita Appling with DJJ's Latera Davis and the CLI Leadership Team

The Department of Juvenile Justice is proud to share its congratulations with one of its own, Victim Services Program Coordinator Lalita Appling, for her successful completion of the Corrections Leadership Institute course presented by the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC).

Victim Services Program Coordinator Lalita Appling with the rest of the Corrections Leadership Institute Class XXXI graduates

The GDC Corrections Leadership Institute (CLI) is a seventy-two hour program of study offered under contract wityh the University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government. Designed to prepare middle and senior leadership staff for increasing levels of responsibility within GDC and corrections careers, the CLI focuses on the develpment of overall leadership skills rather than specific management functions.

Graduation from the GDC CLI course is an acheivement for all who attend due to its vigorous curriculum. The course consists of three modules and nine days worth of work spread out over a five month period with a large proportion of additional work needed to be completed outside of classroom teaching. In addition, the GDC CLI class is required to develop and present a group project paper with extensive visuals during its final module to Georgia Department of Corrections, Department of Pardons and Paroles, and Department of Juvenile Justice Executive and Senior Leadership staff.

Congratulations again to Victim Services Program Coordinator Lalita Appling for her graduation with the Thirty-First Class of the Corrections Leadership Institute.





     Rescue 2 Restore at the Dodge Court Service Office DJJ Staff  at:  2/18/2015  


Story support from the Dodge CSO Team and DJJ Volunteer Program Coordinator Casey Yarbrough

As part of Governor Nathan Deal's proclaimation of February as National Spay and Neuter Awareness Month in Georgia, the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) is promoting responsible pet ownership through animal population education. DJJ is helping disseminate this valuable information to its youth in local communities and secure facilities through the Rescue 2 Restore Program (

On February 16th, Chrissy Kaczynski and Kelly Lewis of the Rescue 2 Restore program along with their canine companion Fred made a visit to the Dodge Court Service Office (Dodge CSO) to educate local youth about responsible pet ownership. Youth from all three counties served by the Dodge CSO attended the event.

The group discussion was full of interaction between the Rescue 2 Restore staff and Dodge County youth. After providing the youth with some statistics relating to unspayed dogs and cats, Rescue 2 Restore leaders talked about over population at local animal shelters and how this overcrowding leads to euthanization of animals.

Each youth in attendance was given the opportunity to participate in the "Color Me Alive" drawing contest to promote spay/neuter awareness and advocacy. Youth participation in the drawing contest and encouragement to meet, feed, and pet Fred, the Rescue-2-Restore program dog, also helped create excitement for the project.

The Dodge CSO would like to thank Casey Yarbrough, DJJ Volunteer Program Coordinator for the Southeast Region, for his invaluable help in bringing the Rescue 2 Restore program to the local youth.




     2015 DJJ North Georgia Winter Storm Advisory DJJ Staff  at:  2/15/2015  

DJJ North GA Winter Storm Advisory

Governor Deal declares emergency for 15 North GA counties
Commissioner Niles “DJJ has plans in place” 

Gov. Nathan Deal signed an executive order Sunday evening to declare a state of emergency for disaster preparedness for several north Georgia counties now under a winter storm warning.  The governor signed the executive order on a recommendation from the state's Emergency Operations Command.

Governor Deal has declared emergencies for Catoosa, Dade, Dawson, Fannin, Gilmer, Habersham, Lumpkin, Murray, Pickens, Rabun, Towns, Union, Walker, White and Whitfield counties.

DJJ Commissioner Niles Avery D. Niles said, “The governor has declared an emergency for 15 north Georgia counties.  Please plan accordingly, keeping in mind our employees, with the exception of all essential and emergency personnel for the affected areas named in his press release.”

Commissioner Niles already has pre-planning in place this weekend in the event the winter weather becomes a challenge to department operations in north Georgia.  The Commissioner said all of the state employees in those 15 counties are encouraged to telecommute as outlined in the Governor’s press release.

Deputy Commissioner Carl Brown said, “DJJ staff who are in the affected 15-county area should be aware of the winter weather response plan for their office or facility.  Staff who are unsure of their work unit instructions or pre-coordinated transport plans should contact their supervisor or workplace to confirm their inclement weather guidelines,” the Deputy Commissioner said.

All DJJ staff should also tune to WSB radio and WSB TV for official updates.  The DJJ Office of Communications will also post updates on the official department website at and through news releases to statewide news media.

Governor Deal said his office and GEMA will monitor the weather throughout the night and allocate state resources as needed should ice formation creep further south into the metro area.


                                  END DJJ ADVISORY – GOVERNOR DEAL RELEASE BELOW

Deal declares emergency for North Georgia counties

February 15, 2015
Governor's move opens up state resources for disaster preparedness in areas expecting ice

Acting on a recommendation from the state's Emergency Operations Command, Gov. Nathan Deal this evening signed an executive order to declare a state of emergency for disaster preparedness for the 15 North Georgia counties under a winter storm warning and will ask state workers in affected areas who are not involved in emergency response to work from home.

"I am issuing this order out of an abundance of caution, so the state can make all preparations necessary to quickly and efficiently address any potential winter weather problems," said Deal. "We will monitor the weather throughout the night and allocate state resources as needed should ice formation creep further south into the metro area."

Deal has declared emergencies for Catoosa, Dade, Dawson, Fannin, Gilmer, Habersham, Lumpkin, Murray, Pickens, Rabun, Towns, Union, Walker, White and Whitfield counties. The governor's order notes that in these counties forecasts call for ice accumulation and moderately high wind gusts that could bring down tree limbs.

“I remain hopeful that the low pressure system will move northward, thus allowing warmer temperatures into our state,” Deal said. “With forecasts showing temperatures hovering around the freezing point, however, we have to work on the assumption that we’ll face icy conditions.”

In an effort to minimize the number of afternoon commuters, Deal is directing state agency heads to close state offices in the 15 affected counties as well as on Capitol Hill, with the exception of all essential and emergency personnel. State employees in these areas are encouraged to telecommute.





     Eastman YDC Job Fair on February 24th DJJ Staff  at:  2/5/2015  


2015 is already getting off to a hot start at the Department of Juvenile Justice and we are looking for talented men and women to join our team! On February 24th, DJJ will hold a JOB FAIR at the Eastman Youth Development Campus (Eastman YDC) lcoaced at 176 Freamon Graham Boulevard in Eastman, Georgia. The Eastman YDC will be hiring Juvenile Correctional Officers during this Job Fair. For more information, visit

Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
DJJ Eastman JOB FAIR - Hiring Juvenile Correctional Officer (JCO1) ONLY
Eastman Youth Development Campus (YDC)
176 Freamon Graham Blvd
Eastman, GA 31023
Event Time: 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Phone: 478/374-6900

Required Documents:
High School Diploma or GED
Birth Certificate
Social Security Card
Valid Driver License
Valid Test Scores - Compass, ACT, SAT, ASSET, CPE
Post Certification
DD214 Long Form with indicated discharge
Naturalization forms if NON-US citizen
Selective Service (males between the ages of 18 and 26)






     DJJ Cares: Donations Day for Fairington Elementary School DJJ Staff  at:  1/30/2015  


Earlier in January, Fairington Elementary School in DeKalb County was structurally and materially damaged from a fire caused by an alledged arsonist. As a neighboring school of the Department of Juvenile Justice's Central Office, Fairington Elementary has been a great partner with the Department of Juvenile Justice over the years. Being such, many DJJ employees wanted to help Fairington Elementary rebuild and restock their school supplies with a collection drive.

Led by the Office of Classification's Lisa Casey Bryson, the Department of Juvenile Justice stepped up to the plate to help our Fairington Elementary neighbors. On January 30th, DJJ was invited to a Donations Day celebration at Fairington Elementary School where the collected donations were delivered. Fairington Elementary Principal Jeffery Jenkins and Kindergarten teacher Margaret Veira-Allen with several of her students joined a special group of donors including:

  • Centennial Arts Academy, Gainesville (GA)

  • Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice

  • Dunwoody Elementary School

  • MasTec Network Solutions

  • The School Box Education Toys, Games & Supplies (Marietta)

  • Law Firm of Kanner and Pintaluga

  • DeKalb County Council of PTAs

  • Campbell High School, Cobb County

  • Department of Natural Resources

Below are a series of photos from the Donations Day celebration as well as the original news story from Ken Watts and the CrossRoads News. For more information on how to donate to the Fairington Elementary School, email Linda Crowley at

Educators and parents in North DeKalb are offering to collect school supplies to replace those lost in the Jan. 17 arson fire at Fairington Elementary School In Lithonia. Fairington students returned to the building on Jan. 26 after being forced to take their classes at Miller Grove High School for four days while mitigation crews cleaned smoke and soot damage from Fairington. A surveillance captured the image of a possible suspect but police had made no arrests in the case as of Monday.

The story struck an emotional chord with the Parent Teacher Organization of Dunwoody Elementary School and faculty of the Centennial Arts Academy in Gainesville, GA along with the DeKalb County Office of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ).

“Our hearts go out to our DeKalb friends at Fairington Elementary,” said Jennifer Sanders, principal of Dunwoody Elementary Schools. “The DeKalb School District may be large, but we are still family. We take care of each other.”

“It is not often that children get to do something for other children,” said Dallas Thompson, 5th grade teacher at Centennial Arts Academy. “We hope that this will make a powerful impact not only on the children at Fairington, but also on the children at Centennial.”

“I have been a guest speaker many times for the Fairington children,” said Lisa Bryson, transportation director for DJJ. “On career days several DJJ staff members talk to the Fairington Elementary second graders about the importance of staying in school, behaving in class and paying attention to teachers. When I saw their school was so fire-damaged they’d have to move their classrooms for a while, I told our Commissioner those kids need our help,” said Bryson.


Avery D. Niles, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice, said, “We have been local partners with this elementary school for a long time. Our speakers go and talk to the Fairington students every year about DJJ’s Bullying Program and Gang Intervention and Career Days.” Commissioner Niles added, “Their teachers and staff are really committed to those kids and they make sure they get what they need. Now they need our help. We’re going to find a way to get it to them.”

On Saturday, January 17, around 5:00 p.m. a suspicious fire engulfed a kindergarten classroom at Fairington Elementary School. Although the fire was contained to one classroom, the main school building sustained extensive water, smoke and soot damage. A team of more than 100 workers have been working 24-hour shifts to repair the damage. Students are expected to be able to return the week of January 26.


However, due to the fire damage, the students are in need of a variety of items including:

Crayons, 24-count
Electric Pencil Sharpeners
Clorox Wipes
Copy Paper: White & Colored
Colored Pencils
Post-It Chart Paper
Wide Masking Tape
No. 2 Pencils
Construction Paper-Assorted Colors
Loose Leaf Paper
Dry Erase Markers
Pencil Boxes
Butcher Paper
Pastel Crayon-Oil Pastels (Art Teacher) Chalk
Permanent Markers-Sharpies (Art Teacher)
Composition Notebooks
Containers for Reading Books-Medium
Red Pens
Post-It Notes
Mouse Pads
Flash Drives
Printer Cables
Computer Wipes
Dust Spray for Computers
Head Phones
Art supplies
Nurse supplies





Anyone interested in donating any of these items may contact: Linda Crowley at 678.676.2837 or









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