Views from the 2013 Congressman Barrow Job Fair DJJ Staff  at:  8/21/2013  


SMRT Officer Jesse Dewberry, Congressman John Barrow, SMRT Officer Sharie McKevie, HR Staff Members Melissa Jackson and Cathy Raissle

On Saturday, August 17, 2013, the Department of Juvenile Justice Human Resources team joined Congressman John Barrow as the Congressman hosted his annual, local job fair at the Bernie Ward Community Center in Augusta. Employers from across the 12th District were on hand to discuss current job opportunities and provide assistance to potential employees.

Augusta RYDC Director Thomas Butts and Congressman John Barrow

Director Butts and Ms. Jackson speak to an applicant

The job fair in Augusta was one of many that the Department of Juvenile Justice has attended in the past few months in order to recruit the best and brightest to a career in juvenile justice.

SMRT Officer Jesse Dewberry, Ms. Jackson, Congressman Barrow, Augusta YDC HR Staff Jocelyn Martin-Moses and Tamekia Moss

DJJ Booth with prospective applicants

SMRT Officer Dewberry speaks to applicant

DJJ Booth with prospective applicants

The Department of Juvenile Justice in Georgia (DJJ) invites you to look into a career serving youth in innovative and effective programs to help aid in their growth and development. DJJ offers exciting careers in Health Care, Behavioral Health, Law Enforcement, Human Resource Management, Human Resource Development, Administration, Food Service, Housekeeping, Plant Management/Maintenance and Education. To learn more about available job positions and how you can start your career with DJJ, visit us on the web at:





     DJJ Board in the News: Willie Bolton and the Peace Officers Association of Georgia DJJ Staff  at:  9/12/2013  


The Peace Officers Association of Georgia (POAG) hosted its 113th Annual Training Convention at the Marriott Riverfront in Savannah on August 11-13. The convention was attended by nearly 400 participants from across the state and was held in conjunction with the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) and GBI Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Training topics this year included Civil Liability for LE Agencies, Agency Integrity, Values and Perception by the Community, and Developmentally Disabled and Autism - How Police Respond. A Gangs and Juvenile Justice Update seminar was taught by DJJ OCATS Director Lisa Casey Bryson and Joe Amerling of the Gainesville PD Gang Task Force.

One of the great highlights of this year's convention took place during the Tuesday sessions when the POAG Board awarded one of its highest honors it bestows, the Lifetime Association Membership, to one of DJJ's own: DJJ Board Member Willie C. Bolton.

Mr. Bolton' s long and distinguished career has spanned a generation. Director and Warden of the Athens-Clarke County Department of Corrections for nearly twenty years, Mr. Bolton has worked with the Athens-Clarke County Government for forty years. He serves on the Athens Regional Medical Center Hospital Authority, Georgia Public Safety Training Center Advisory Board, Athens Rotary Club and the Boys Scouts of America Northeast Georgia Council. He is also a member of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Association of Chiefs of Police, the Georgia Prison Wardens Association, American Correctional Association, North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents in addition to his work with POAG. Mr. Bolton earned a bachelor`s degree from Brenau University and a master`s degree from Clark Atlanta University. He and his wife have two children and two grandchildren and reside in Athens.

Mr. Bolton has been an active member of POAG for over forty years and has contributed tirelessly to the field of law enforcement and corrections. Mr. Bolton was unable to stay at the conference to receive his award, so it was accepted by fellow DJJ board members Fred Stephens, Adam Kennedy and John Edwards.

DJJ Board Members Stephens, Kennedy, and Edwards accepting the award on Mr. Bolton's behalf

Congratulations again to Mr. Bolton for his dedicated service to the citizens of Georgia. For additional news and information regarding the Peace Officers Association of Georgia, visit:





     DJJ Careers: Lincoln Technical College Job Fair DJJ Staff  at:  8/14/2013  


On August 9th, DJJ staff members representing secure facilities from across the state participated in a job fair at the Lincoln Technical College in Marietta. Three interview panels were assembled to conduct on-the-spot interviews for the Atlanta YDC, Gainesville RYDC, Clayton RYDC, and Marietta RYDC. Among those from DJJ in attendance were:

Sharie McKevie, SMRT
Lalita Appling, Program Coordinator for Secure Campuses
Jessie Dewberry, SMRT
Monique Brandenburg, Program Coordinator
David Lynn, Assistant Director - Gainesville RYDC
Michelle Hamilton, Secretary II - Gainesville RYDC
Dan Roberts, Lt- Gainesville RYDC
Phillip Wallace, Captain - Gainesville RYDC
John Brown, Sgt. - Macon YDC
Tamara Clark, JCO - Macon YDC
Maggie Stidom, Lt. - Atlanta YDC
Lawrence George, JCO, Martha K. Glaze
Willie Hunt, Lt. - Marietta RYDC
Fra Maddox-Johnson, Assistant Director, Martha K. Glaze RYDC

Antonius Robinson, Director - Marietta RYDC
Martha Dalesio, Regional Administrator
Ronnie Richardson, Regional Administrator
Corey Butler, Regional Administrator
Debbie Alexander, Regional Administrator

Jessie Dewberry speaks with interested applicant

John Brown and Maggie Stidom speak with potential applicant

Martha Dalesio and Monique Brandenburg speak with applicants

Melissa Jackson and David Lynn speak with applicant

Ronnie Richardson and Corey Butler speak with interested applicant

Sharie McKevie speaks with applicant

Special thanks go out to Secretary II, Michelle Hamilton from Gainesville RYDC who brought all the necessary paper work (including background check packages) to conduct the interviews and to Secure Campuses Program Coordinator Lalita Appling for taking photographs of the event.

The Department of Juvenile Justice in Georgia (DJJ) invites you to look into a career serving youth in innovative and effective programs to help aid in their growth and development. DJJ offers exciting careers in Health Care, Behavioral Health, Law Enforcement, Human Resource Management, Human Resource Development, Administration, Food Service, Housekeeping, Plant Management/Maintenance and Education.

Come Join Our Team! For more information on how you can work with the Department of Juvenile Justice, visit our Careers Page at




     DJJ Commissioner Planning Statewide "Know the Law" Teen Forums DJJ Staff  at:  8/9/2013  


“Do You Know the Law?” That’s the question juvenile justice Commissioner Avery D. Niles wants to ask Georgia teens from Valdosta to Augusta this year as he plans a series of captivating teen forums around the state.

The Commissioner’s “Know the Law” forums are designed to educate students from twelve to twenty-one about the importance of acting correctly in the presence of law enforcement, about hanging out with the right friends, about making responsible choices every day, and about anticipating the kind of consequences to expect from reckless teen actions.

“My hope is teens everywhere will embrace the law, know what the law is, and know how the law applies to them,” Commissioner Niles said. “If all they know is what they’ve seen in movies or video games, there’s a serious reality crash headed their way and then it’s too late.”

The Commissioner’s forums focus on educating teen audiences about the law through conversations with local police chiefs, sheriff’s, prosecutors and judges. The professionals on these panels talk about what not to do on school campuses, and what teens need to know now to keep them away from trouble, and out of Georgia’s juvenile justice system.

“Education is still the key for many youth who are just another misdemeanor away from a parole violation that can lock them up in juvenile detention for months,” said Commissioner Niles. “Educating our young people about how the law applies to them and then intervening with new opportunities can reduce the chances of many of our youth becoming juvenile offenders."

With attendance from local churches, youth groups, and area schools, Commissioner Niles launched his first “Know the Law” teen forum this summer on a Wednesday evening in Gainesville, Georgia. The event drew more than 150 local students to the University of North Georgia’s Oakwood campus.

“Our goal is to draw out any young people at-risk, get them involved, discuss these issues and get them informed,” said Niles. “Our goal is about acting pro-actively, not re-actively in our communities.”

A familiar panel of local criminal justice experts fielded questions from the audience, spoke frankly, and offered some serious advice. The Hall County Sheriff, two Hall County Juvenile Court Judges, a Gainesville Police Major and a former youth detainee joined Commissioner Niles to cover topics from marijuana and misconduct on campus, to felonies and fake I-D’s.

The Judges answered questions ranging from teen sex and the law to misdemeanors and military service. In their discussion about juvenile records the panel also talked about which teens may get protection under juvenile laws and which teens may get prosecuted in the juvenile courts.

Commissioner Niles said this Hall County teen forum was also a great test run for what he hopes will become the successful blueprint for his long range plan to conduct many more teen forums across the state. The Department of Juvenile Justice maintains 28 juvenile detention centers in Georgia. Niles has set a personal goal to hold a teen forum in each of those host communities where DJJ runs a secure facility.

“We want to remind our youth that even as teens, their lives can present meaningful choices with significant consequences,” said Niles. “If they make positive choices now, they won’t have to face the negative consequences of having the professionals from our panels making crucial decisions that can affect their lives for years to come.”

“These face- to- face forums are a proven format for reaching out to at-risk youth in our communities,” Commissioner Niles said. “It’s so much simpler to have these conversations with our young people now, before the criminal life can find them. It’s immeasurably harder to break through to them after they get into serious trouble.”

“So whether we have standing room- only crowds at our next forum or if we only reach one or two young people at a time, it’s time well spent if we can help keep the population count down in Georgia’s juvenile justice system,” said Niles.

To see photos and coverage of the Gainesville – Hall County teen forum, visit us at this link: . The DJJ Commissioner will announce the date and location of his next “Know the Law” teen forum on the Department of Juvenile Justice “News & Views” webpage at .





     Lanier CSO at the Lakeland Community Day DJJ Staff  at:  8/9/2013  


The Department of Juvenile Justice Lanier Court Services Office (Lanier CSO) recently participated in a local Community Day in Lakeland, Georgia on August 3rd. Sponsored by the Lanier County Family Connections team, Community Day provided school supplies, food and refreshments, as well as fun activities for local area children. Donations of clothing were also given to those most in need.

Turnout for the event was large and there was great appreciation amongst the attendees for the received items. Among the many volunteers was JPPS II Tangela Sherman of the Lanier CSO who assisted with the event by working at the clothing table.

Thanks to all who participated in this great local event!






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