Department of Juvenile Justice Board Meeting on September 27th DJJ Staff  at:  9/24/2012  
Department of Juvenile Justice Board Meeting on September 27th

Pursuant to the terms of O.C.G.A. § 50-14-1, notice is hereby given to the public that the monthly meeting of the Board of Juvenile Justice for September 2012 is scheduled to convene at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 27, 2012 in Room 107 at the Georgia State Capitol, located at:

Georgia State Capitol

206 Washington Street

Atlanta, GA 30334


The agenda for this meeting can be downloaded at:

NOTE: If you are an individual with a disability who may require assistance, please contact the Office of Communications at (404) 508-7147. In addition, the October Board Meeting has been moved to Thursday, October 18th respectively. The meeting tentatively is scheduled to be held at the Covington Highway facility starting at 10 a.m.


     DJJ News Release: Adam J. Kennedy Appointed New At-Large DJJ Board Member DJJ Staff  at:  9/14/2012  



(ATLANTA - GA)  The Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice is pleased to announce the appointment of a newly named DJJ Board member by Governor Nathan Deal.

Commissioner L. Gale Buckner will confirm the appointment of Mr. Adam J. Kennedy of Claxton, Georgia during the next regular DJJ Board meeting. Mr. Kennedy is presently the Court Administrator of the Chatham County Juvenile Court in Savannah, Georgia, a post he has held since September 2011.

“Mr. Kennedy has contributed a lifetime of service to juvenile justice programs in Georgia,” said DJJ Commissioner L. Gale Buckner.  “We are pleased to name him as a new partner on the Board and we welcome his contributions to the Juvenile Justice team.  There are goals to be set to make DJJ safer and more secure and we have more work to do,” said Commissioner Buckner.

Adam Kennedy is a former Regional Administrator for the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice, retiring last year as Administrator over 44 counties in the DJJ Southeast Region.  During his twenty-seven-year agency career he was responsible for all DJJ community programs as well as DJJ detention programs in the region.  While serving as District Director he received the Vanguard Award for two consecutive years in recognition of the state’s Outstanding District. 

Mr. Kennedy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Mercer University with a minor in Criminal Justice.  In 2007, Kennedy was presented the prestigious Harold K. Ables Award by the Georgia Juvenile Services Association to recognize his “outstanding service in the field of Juvenile Justice.”  Board Member Kennedy is a native of Evans County and former Chairman of the Evans County Board of Education. He is appointed to the At-Large Board position recently vacated by former Board Member Daniel Menefee whose term has expired.

The DJJ Board is composed of fifteen members representing each Congressional District in the state. DJJ Board members are appointed by the Governor and provide leadership and guidance to the Commissioner in an advisory capacity to the Department of Juvenile Justice.




     DJJ at the 2012 International Association of Women Police Training Conference DJJ Staff  at:  9/7/2012  


On September 9th, the 50th Annual International Association of Women Police (IAWP) Training Conference will take place at St. Johns in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada and the Department of Juvenile Justice will be well represented amongst the IAWP leadership.

DJJ Commissioner Gale Buckner with Her Honor Jane Crosbie, Lieutenant Governor John Crosbie, and DJJ Board Member Angie Holt
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. 

Current DJJ Board Member Angie Holt was recently elected the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the IAWP and DJJ Commissioner Gale Buckner was a Past President of the organization.

The 2012 IAWP Conference will be comprised of a three tier lecture format in the areas of Operations, Leadership and Professional Development that will focus on the improvement of policing through best practices and emerging technology. Conference speakers include such as world renowned Human Trafficking expert, Commander Andy Baker from the Serious and Organized Crime Agency in the United Kingdom; Ontario Provincial Police Detective Inspector Chris Nicholas who will present on David Russell Williams, a convicted murderer, rapist, and former Colonel in the Canadian Forces, and Anne Marie Hagan, a motivational speaker, who witnessed her father's murder and speaks on forgiveness and justice. There will also be an interactive meth lab training session, and reams of other current presentations.

As part of the IAWP leadership, Commissioner Buckner and Board Member Holt have been in St. John’s as part of meetings for the IAWP Board of Trustees and Board of Directors.  During one of the initial receptions, Commissioner Buckner and Board Member Holt were honored to meet with and discuss the Conference with the Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador John Crosbie and, his wife, Her Honor Jane Crosbie.  Lieutenant Governor Crosbie is the viceregal representative in Newfoundland and Labrador of the Canadian monarch, Queen Elizabeth II and is similarly tasked with carrying out most of the monarch's constitutional and ceremonial duties.

The Department of Juvenile Justice is proud to be associated with this important law enforcement organization and the work that it does to reduce crime internationally.  For more information on the IAWP, visit

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     State Law Enforcement Job Fair on September 26th DJJ Staff  at:  9/6/2012  

On September 26, 2012, the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice will partner with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the State Board of Pardons and Paroles, the Georgia Department of Public Safety, the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, and the Georgia Department of Corrections to present a State Law Enforcement Job Fair.  The event will take place from 10:00 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the State Offices South Tift College Campus located at 300 Patrol Road in Forsyth, Georgia, off of Exit 186 off I-75 toward Juliette Road.

There are approximately 800 jobs available across the state ranging from Admin to Cook Supervisor, from Correctional Officer to Engineer, from Probation Officers to Counselors, and many more! 

Don't miss your chance for a career in State Law Enforcement.  To register for this event, click on:

We look forward to seeing you at the Job Fair!


     DJJ Youth Mural at the Augusta Canal Interpretive Center DJJ Staff  at:  9/5/2012  
Views from The Art Factory’s Final Youth Project Unveiling at the Augusta Canal Interpretive Center

Recently, a striking ceramic tile mural depicting Augusta’s history, notable women and landmarks created by Department of Juvenile Justice youth was unveiled at a reception honoring its young artists. The mural is the final project of the Art Factory, a non-profit arts education organization founded to provide the Augusta community with high quality fine arts educational experiences that also promote the development of positive life skills. 

As part of the Art Factory, the Art Group was formed specifically to create the tile mural at the Augusta Canal Interpretative Center. Under the direction of Richmond County’s Cindy O’Brien, the Art Group project began when Mrs. O’Brien contacted the Department of Juvenile Justice and solicited the participation of twelve youths to assist with painting a 12 by 30 foot waterworks mural within a twelve week period. Joining forces, the Art Factory and the Augusta Water Department worked together to facilitate a remarkable, inspiring public art project. Adding to the beneficial nature of the mural, Judge Willie Saunders, working with local Department of Juvenile Justice officials, agreed to commute part of the sentences of the youths who volunteered to participate in the twelve week project. 

Since March 2012, The Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art took over responsibilities for the Art Factory and worked diligently with the Richmond County Court Service Office (CSO) to house the Art Group and assist with providing services to the youths involved with the Department of Juvenile Justice. The Richmond County CSO assigned JPPS III Cheryl Bush to oversee the youths selected to paint the mural. The Richmond CSO supervised the Art Group as a regular workshop for the youths to come together and exhibit a passion for the arts as they explore challenges in their life journey. 

The youth participating in the mural’s creation were chosen for their artistic ability and individual interest in the study of creative arts. The youth working on the project earned restorative community service hours for their participation. In addition, the mural project has proven to be an outlet for expression of creative artistic ability and individuality.

The most recent completed ceramic wall mural is being displayed at the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area Interpretive Center at Enterprise Mill. Augusta Canal National Heritage Area Interpretive Center at Enterprise Mill presents the stories of a unique piece of Augusta’s and America’s history – the 19th century industrial waterway that powered Augusta’s survival as a city. Using interactive exhibits, films, and vintage mill textile equipment, the Canal Interpretive Center that tells the story of how a city used its waterways to reinvent itself.   Daily guided tour on replica canal cargo boats offer unique glimpse of the city’s past and present.

By working together on a large creative project, the participants learned to cooperate, solve problems and communicate effectively. The work was donated to the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area so that it would have a permanent and appropriate home and allow the public an opportunity to view the piece.



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