DJJ Commissioner Announces Two New Board Member Appointments DJJ Staff  at:  3/22/2013  

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


Today Commissioner Avery D. Niles confirmed the appointments of Mr. Fred E. Stephens and Mr. Dick Yarbrough to the Georgia Board of Juvenile Justice.


Mr. Dick Yarbrough is a retired vice president of BellSouth Corporation. He also served as a Managing Director of Atlanta’s 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. “Dick” Yarbrough is best known as one of the state’s most popular and widely read syndicated newspaper columnists.


 He is a University of Georgia graduate and past president of the National Alumni Association.  Yarbrough and his wife, Jane, have two children, three grandchildren and one great-grandson. They reside in Atlanta. As DJJ’s newest Board Member, Yarbrough was appointed by Governor Deal to represent Congressional District 11.


Yarbrough said, ‘I know juvenile justice reform has long been a priority for Governor Deal and the Georgia Legislature and I appreciate this opportunity to serve on the Board.  I am looking forward to working with Commissioner Avery Niles and DJJ’s 4,000 men and women across the state in their mission to help juvenile offenders become productive citizens.  I can think of nothing more important to the future of our state than this effort to rehabilitate these young lives.”


Governor Deal appointed Mr. Fred E. Stephens of Cleveland, Georgia to represent the Board’s Ninth Congressional District.  Stephens currently serves as an Assistant Chief of Police of Field Operations for the Athens-Clarke County Police Department.


Chief Stephens will represent the Board District previously occupied by former Board Chairman Avery Niles before he was named DJJ Commissioner.  Chief Stephens is a former GBI agent.  He retired from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in 2012 after more than 31 years of service.


Chief Stephens earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Newberry College and a Master’s in Public Administration from Columbus State University.  He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police Command College, and the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange.  He and his wife, Laura, have two children and reside in White County, Georgia. 


Chief Stephens said “I’m thankful for this appointment as a new Board Member. I view it as a great opportunity to contribute to my community in whatever small ways I can.” Stephens said he values the youth of our communities and the chance to rehabilitate those young people who have gone astray, using access to education as a foundation for their freedom.  DJJ is the state’s 181st school district and has dual accreditation with the State of Georgia.


DJJ Board members are appointed by the Governor to serve in an advisory capacity to the Department of Juvenile Justice, providing leadership and guidance to the Commissioner. The Board is made up of 15 members representing each Congressional District in the state to help improve Georgia’s juvenile justice system.


Commissioner Avery D. Niles expressed the appreciation of the agency and the Board for the Governor’s latest appointments to DJJ.  “We admire the professionalism and dedication to public service these new Board Members will bring to this task,” said Commissioner Niles.  “Mr. Yarbrough and Chief Stephens will make excellent assets to the Board and we wish them all the best as they face the many challenges that will come with Georgia’s juvenile justice reforms.”


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March 22, 2013                                                                                 

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     DJJ Cares: Thomas Court Services Office 2013 Blood Drive DJJ Staff  at:  3/21/2013  


Like a sequel to a successful movie, the Thomas County Court Service Office (CSO) enjoyed last year’s Blood Drive so much that they decided to do it again in 2013.  On March 13th, staff and youth met up in the Thomas County CSO parking lot to participate in the “gift of life” by giving blood to the local community.  JPPS III Janie Holton, JPPS II Lisa Owens, and JPPS I Milton Williams organized the Blood Drive.


Staff as well as youth took part in this opportunity to contribute to saving a life. The results for the drive were very successful. Donors included District Director Laura Pike and her spouse, along with youth on probation and others in the community.  It was a learning experience for the youth and their enthusiasm was contagious.


Claire Bowen, Community Relations Coordinator for the Southeastern Community Blood Center, expressed her appreciation to the Department and declaring, “the units will go a long way in helping to replenish the blood supply and ultimately save lives”.


Congratulations to all associated with the Thomas County CSO who participated in this life saving event.




     Department of Juvenile Justice Job Fairs/Now Hiring: Join the DJJ Team DJJ Staff  at:  3/21/2013  



Springtime is in the air and so are new careers at the Department of Juvenile Justice. DJJ will be participating in a series of job fairs looking for individuals like you to hire for a wide range of career positions.

Among the many available career employment opportunities available at DJJ include:

Juvenile Correctional Officers (JCOs)


Registered Nurses

The job fairs listed below are FREE to attend and will include an opportunity to meet with DJJ staff. The Department of Juvenile Justice employs more than 4,000 staff at 28 secure facilities and 92 court services offices across the state. DJJ proudly participates in the "Hire a Georgia Veteran" campaign and offers extra incentives for military service.

Veterans Job Fair 4/3/13 Aviation Institute of Maintenance -2025 Satellite Pointe, Duluth, Georgia 30096 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Georgia Department of Labor JCOs, Teachers, Registered Nurses

NABCJ Career Fair/Luncheon 4/5/13 Clark Atlanta University - 223 James P. Brawlley, Atlanta, Georgia 30314 (Student Center) 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice JCOs, Teachers

Job Fair Southeastern Technical College (Swainsboro Tech) 4/9/2013 Swainsboro Georgia Department of Labor JCO's, Probation and Parole Officers

GACE College-to-Career Fair 4/10/13 Cobb Galleria Centre, Atlanta, Georgia 11:00 a.m. - 3 p.m. Georgia Association of Colleges & Employers (GACE) JCOs, Teachers, Registered Nurses

Job Fair Wilcox County 4/12/2013 114 Seventh Avenue, Rochelle, Georgia 31079 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Wilcox County High School and Family Connection JCO's,

College Career Fair 4/16/13 Georgia Piedmont Technical College - 495 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, Georgia 30021 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Georgia Piedmont Technical College JCOs, Teachers, Registered Nurses

Military Job Fair 4/17/13 Military Career Fair - National Guard Armory, Hwy 144 East, Glennville, Georgia 300427 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Government Agencies Throughout Georgia JCOs, Teachers, Registered Nurses

Solid Hires Veteran's Career Fair 4/18/2013 VFW Post 2681-140 Powers Ferry Road SE, Marietta, GA 9am-3pm Solid Hires-Premier Hiring Source JCO's, Teachers, Registered Nurses

Pre-Screening DJJ 4/23/2013 "Gainsville RYDC pre-screeing Toccoa Career Center-37 Foreacre Street 11am-1pm DJJ JCO's, Teachers, Registered Nurses

Job Fair 4/25/2013  Southeastern Technical College (Vidalia) TBA Georgia Department of Labor and Southeastern Technical College, JCO's, Probation/Parole, Registered Nurses

Pre-Screening DJJ 4/29/2013 Rockdale RYDC pre-screening-Covington Career Center-72496 Industrial Blvd NE, Covington, GA 30014 11am-1pm DJJ JCO's, Teachers, Registered Nurses

Get a career, not just a job. Join the ranks of Juvenile Justice today. For more information on careers at DJJ, visit the Careers at DJJ website at





     Photos from the New Teachers' Consortium DJJ Staff  at:  3/19/2013  


Last Thursday, March 14th, the Department of Juvenile Justice Office of Education held the first New Teachers' Consortium at the Central Office in DeKalb County. Attended by twenty-six new teachers from RYDCs and YDCs around Georgia, the New Teachers' Consortium will include a series of monthly mentoring and coaching workshops to help teachers get acclimated to the unique series of issues that are present when educating DJJ youth. In future meetings, topics of interest will include classroom and stress management, good instructional and security strategies, and best practices for dealing with juveniles and co-workers.

For the first New Teachers' Consortium, teachers were able to receive one on one time with Department of Juvenile Justice Commissioner Avery D. Niles and Associate School Superintendent Dr. Audrey Armistad. Commissioner Niles welcomed the teachers to DJJ and addressed his expectations for education services both for this and future years.

Dr. Armistad dedicated her time with the new teachers explaining the Commissioner's Top 5 Priorities for the agency and how the education department at DJJ will incorporate these priorities into day to day activities. For many of the teachers, the New Teachers' Consortium was the first time learning about the Commissioner's Top 5 Priorities which are:

Operate Safe, Secure, Facilities and Communities

Juvenile Justice Reform

Recruitment, Retention, and Succession Planning

Classification and Placement of Youth

Offender/Youth Reentry

Special thanks to everyone who attended this first of what DJJ hopes will be many New Teachers' Consortiums. Through discussion and education, we can improve the learning environment for all DJJ youth.





     Thomas H.I.T.S. Team Service Learning Project: March 2013 DJJ Staff  at:  3/13/2013  


Throughout history and the religious traditions of many societies, manna was considered the food from the heavens, dropping from the sky to help people from starving. On March 2nd, the Thomas County H.I.T.S. (High Intensity Team Supervision) group participated in a modern version of manna from heaven with their collaboration with the Second Harvest Food Bank for the 2nd Annual Parking Lot Praise and Manna Drop at the St. Luke CME in Thomasville, Georgia.

The purpose of the Second Harvest Food Bank is to provide for every person in South Georgia who needs it quick and easy access to safe food in a clean and nuturing environment. With this year's Manna Drop, Second Harvest was able to maximize distribution to allow families pick up needed goods at a central location.

Thomas H.I.T.S. volunteers braved the cold on Saturday to help Thomasville families complete paperwork, make bracelets, and put together a food staple box that included breads, desserts, fruits, vegetables, and various meats for households. Among the volunteers from DJJ included JPPS III Vanessa Dawson, JPPS I Milton J. Williams and H.I.T.S. youth Jakeria Henderson, Jarshawn Holland, and Jaylen Alford.

Thomas H.I.T.S. JPPS III Vanessa Dawson stated that "giving back to the community is such an important part of being a well rounded individual which is what we are trying to teach our young people who are placed on H.I.T.S." Based on the success of this year's Drop, the H.I.T.S. team should have many more chances to participated as Reverend Anthony Quinn Choice, Pastor of St. Luke CME, stated that the Manna Drop will continue every year as a service to the citizens of Thomas County.





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