PBIS Business Closet at the Marietta RYDC DJJ Staff  at:  11/19/2014  



The Marietta RYDC its newest Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program, the DJJ Business Closet. The DJJ Business Closet is a PBIS Clothing incentive for youth that show exemplary behavior while in Georgia facilities. The DJJ Business Closet provides high-end business attire for youth who are involved in Superior court trials or for youth who will be going off site for placement interviews.

Dressing for success is an important lesson that is taught at the Department of Juvenile Justice and the DJJ Business Closet helps reward those youth who take pride in their appearance through proper hygiene practices. The DJJ Business Closet allows well behaved youth the ability to "purchase" a dress shirt and dress pants in order to show externally the internal pride our youth have developed.

The clothing from the DJJ Closet is donated by local volunteer organizations and the DJJ staff themselves. Often, the staff of the Marietta RYDC will purchase clothing directly from a local Goodwill store to make sure that all youth who want to use the DJJ Business Closet can use the DJJ Business Closet.

The response and feeback from the youth at the Marietta RYDC to the DJJ Closet has been fantastic. In the past, youth disliked going to court or placement appointments because they were embarrassed by the state issued uniforms that they forced to wear. With the DJJ Closet, youth self-esteem is raised while improving behavior in the facility. Some of the youth in the program have never seen themselves in a pair of dress slacks, button down collar shirts, or anything that covers themselves up in a professional manner. One can see the change in demeanor and attitude for the positive with every piece of clothing worn.

Special thanks to everyone at the Marietta RYDC who have helped to make this program an initial success and to the PBIS Leadership.




     GEMA Monday: THIS WAS ONLY A TEST DJJ Staff  at:  11/17/2014  

Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) Monday: THIS WAS ONLY A TEST

It was “only a test” at the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) Monday. Emergency Planners and Coordinators from dozens of state agencies gathered at the State Operations Center for the GEMA ESF15 - Georgia Snow and Ice Plan Exercise. The two-day exercise including representatives from the Department of Juvenile Justice is designed to test and review recommendations made by the Governor’s Winter Weather Task Force.

The “WinterEx” drill began with a “test” notification on November 14th, that a winter weather event was anticipated and the State Operations Center activity would be elevated prior to the arrival of a winter storm. State agency public information officers joined the emergency planners and coordinators for the live exercise to test the revised Georgia Snow and Ice Plan. DJJ’s Communications Director was an observer in the joint operations.

GEMA officials encourage participation in these exercises as an opportunity for planners and coordinators to learn how to use the WebEOC program and to experience working conditions in the SOC during a simulated event without being in an actual disaster. The second day of the “WinterEx” drill will involve working the test scenario on Tuesday, assisting with the presence of real news media and TV cameras in the SOC, and regular PIO conference calls updating agency representatives who are unable to attend. The exercise objective is to prepare the State of Georgia to respond during emergencies and disasters to protect public peace, health and safety and to preserve the lives and property of Georgia citizens. Last year’s extreme winter weather events in Georgia underlined the importance of planning ahead at DJJ for maintaining safety and security protocols despite the possible interruption of schedules and services.

Participation in drills like “WinterEx” is an important exercise for reviewing Department of Juvenile Justice procedures for sharing official severe weather plans and announcements with the statewide DJJ Team before the snowflakes fall.




     Department of Juvenile Justice Hiring in November: Recruiters Looking for Corrections Officer Candidates in Macon, Atlanta, Hazelhurst & Waycross DJJ Staff  at:  11/7/2014  

Department of Juvenile Justice Hiring in November: Recruiters Looking for Corrections Officer Candidates in Macon, Atlanta, Hazelhurst & Waycross

More recruiting fairs are scheduled on DJJ's recruitment calendar this month in Macon, Atlanta, Hazelhurst and Waycross, Georgia. Juvenile Justice Commissioner Avery D. Niles announced DJJ continues to seek veterans and other highly qualified applicants for many new employment opportunities now available at Georgia juvenile justice facilities throughout the state.

DJJ recruiters are authorized to hire qualified candidates. Participation at juvenile corrections career fairs is free.

*Please note career fair times and locations may change OR additional career fair dates may be added to our recruiting schedule. Applicants should check the DJJ website for late-breaking schedule changes at www.djjcareers.org BEFORE visiting a DJJ job fair.

Date: Wednesday, November 12th – GENERAL PUBLIC
Macon Job Fair
Boeing Plant, Bldg #1
Macon, Georgia
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, November 12th – GENERAL PUBLIC
Cobb Galleria Career Event
Cobb Galleria Centre
Two Galleria Parkway
Atlanta, GA
Time: 12:00 noon – 3:00 p.m.
For more information: http://www.georgiacareeropportunities.org/#!students-alumni

Date: Thursday, November 20th - GENERAL PUBLIC
Jeff Davis Job Fair
25 East Coffee Street
Hazlehurst, GA
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Date: Thursday, November 20th - GENERAL PUBLIC
Waycross Job Fair
865 Pendleton Street
Waycross, GA
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

In order to move successfully through the interview process for Juvenile Corrections Officers, candidates must bring copies of the following:
• Compass Scores (Reading 70 Writing 32)**
• Valid Driver License
• Birth Certificate
• High School Diploma or GED
• DD214 Long Form with indicated discharge
• Naturalization Forms if NON-US Citizen
• If P.O.S.T. Certified, (Please bring two (2) forms of Gov. issued ID & P.O.S.T. Profile)

** If the applicant has a 4-year degree from an accredited college they are exempt from having to take the Compass test or provide proof of acceptable ACT or SAT scores.

DJJ recruiters are authorized to interview qualified candidates on-the-spot for new correctional officer opportunities. Job seekers with special skills and initiative should dress for success and bring their resumes to these job fairs.

These juvenile corrections positions require professional attitudes and performance. They're a major first step for starting a full time juvenile corrections career.

"Serious applicants should know we only want mature, responsible adult candidates who are interested in helping young offenders through their troubled life transitions," said Commissioner Avery Niles. "It takes especially motivated people to join our mission," Niles said.

Job seekers can click on www.djjcareers.org for more information about career opportunities for applicants seeking professional employment in juvenile corrections.

Applicants who have served in the Armed Forces should also click on the section at www.djjcareers.org about "DJJ Careers for Veterans" to learn more about DJJ's one-time Military Salary Increase Incentive on eligible job titles to current and former military service members, who have served on active duty. To be eligible, service members must have an Honorable Discharge. The one-time incentive is based upon the current number of active duty years served.

**Please note that career fair times and locations may change and additional career fair dates may be added to our recruiting schedule. Applicants should check the DJJ website for late-breaking schedule changes at http://www.djjnewsandviews.org/djjcareers/ before visiting a job fair.

Job seekers can click on http://www.djjnewsandviews.org/djjcareers/ for more information about excellent career opportunities for both civilian and veteran applicants looking for professional employment in juvenile corrections. Applicants who have served in the Armed Forces should also click on the section about "DJJ Careers for Veterans" to learn more.  




     2014 DJJ Veterans Day Message DJJ Staff  at:  11/7/2014  

2014 DJJ Veterans Day Message

The Department of Juvenile Justice Salutes All Our Employees Who Served in the Armed Forces

DJJ Staff,

Please join with us as we observe this Veterans Day holiday with honors to the dedicated men and women who have stood their ground in this country’s uniform and sworn to protect it from enemies, “both foreign and domestic”. Few people we know have given more to this country than our veterans who have served in the United States Armed Forces in times of peace and in war. They have so often risked so much to overcome enemy conflicts for their fellow Americans and to secure the peace for our generations yet unborn.

You do not have to look far for these citizen soldiers. They work beside you every day at DJJ. They are Juvenile Corrections Officers and agency administrators-- They are DJJ investigators and I-T professionals-- You’ll find them in our community programs, our support services and in Human Resources.

Our veterans bring their knowledge, their skills, and their unwavering commitment on the job with them. When they stand-down from military service, they stand up for the good of our communities. So once a year, at the 11th hour, on the 11th day, of the 11th month, we pause to honor the legacy of America’s veterans in defense of liberty. Look closely and you will find the names of more than five hundred DJJ Team Members embedded in our Veterans Day graphic salute.

On this day, we should remember the names of their families as well. Because veterans’ families share in this country’s greatest national sacrifice and must help carry the hardships of military service. We salute all veterans’ families for the support they provide when their service members are away from home—and when they return.

Happy Veterans Day to those dedicated men and women who have shown so much love for our country. God bless our Veterans-- And may God continue to bless this wonderful country of ours.

“One Team – One Mission”.

Avery D. Niles, Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice Commissioner

J. Mark Sexton, Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice Assistant Commissioner






     DJJ Commissioner Avery D. Niles Elected to ACA Board of Governors DJJ Staff  at:  11/6/2014  

DJJ Commissioner Avery D. Niles Elected to ACA Board of Governors:
Niles Pledges Strong Support for Juvenile Justice Reforms

The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice is pleased to announce DJJ Commissioner Avery D. Niles has been elected to the Board of Governors of the American Correctional Association (ACA) for the 2015 – 2019 term. The official election results will be declared during the upcoming ACA Winter Conference in Long Beach, California where Commissioner Niles will be sworn in this February.

The American Correctional Association was founded in 1870 as the "National Prison Association", an organization that has historically championed the cause of correctional best practices for more than 143 years. Its first Declaration of Principles was universally accepted as the guidelines for corrections institutions throughout the United States and Europe.

DJJ's Commissioner Avery Niles, who is a strong proponent for juvenile justice reform laws, promised to use his 28-year criminal justice background to assist the nationwide ACA membership to develop working policies and procedures for successful community reentry programs to help reduce recidivism.

Niles has served Georgia's Governor as a Juvenile Justice Board member and Board Chairman. As DJJ Commissioner he is appointed to the Governor's Committees for Juvenile Justice Grants, Accountability Courts and Faith-Based Initiatives, and represents Georgia as State Council Chairman in the nationwide Interstate Compact on Juveniles.

Along with Commissioner Niles, DJJ Medical Director, Michelle Staples-Horne was also elected to a significant ACA post during the recent elections. Dr. Staples-Horne, who is a certified correctional health professional and has served as medical director for the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice for more than 20 years, was elected to the ACA Commission on Accreditation for Corrections.

A stand-out veteran DJJ leader, Dr. Staples-Horne has served on the ACA's Correctional Awards Committee, the Juvenile Committee and the Health Care Committee. She has conducted training for the ACA and previously served on the ACA Delegate Assembly.

Commissioner Niles said he plans to use his new standing with the ACA Board of Governors to help other juvenile justice systems find ways to reduce recidivism among their young offender populations.

"I am honored the ACA membership has placed their confidence in me to be a member of their Board of Governors," said Commissioner Avery Niles. "It is my sincere hope that our decisions during this next term will help develop and reinforce a framework of juvenile justice reforms wherever they are needed. Through the strong leadership provided by the American Correctional Association and the partnerships we forge, I believe much can be accomplished in the next four years to shape the future of juvenile corrections," said Niles.

ACA is now the oldest professional association developed specifically for correctional career practitioners. As advances in practice and theory have been updated by the membership, so has the name of the organization. The "American Prison Association" underwent a name change to become the American Correctional Association, reflecting the expanding philosophies of corrections and its increasingly important role in our communities. Today, the ACA has thousands of professional members working all over the world.

DJJ Commissioner Avery D. Niles is a former warden of the Hall County Correctional Institute and commander of the Hall County Detention Center. Niles holds a degree in Criminal Justice from Columbus State University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Georgia Law Enforcement Command College and Georgia Police Academy. He and his wife, Charlene, reside in Gainesville with their daughter and god-daughter.





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