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Program Areas

The council's program areas are detailed below:

Juvenile Information Systems

 

 

 

 

 

Court Case Management System (JCATS)

In June 1993, the Council began a contractual partnership with Canyon Solutions of Chandler, Arizona to develop a juvenile case management system known as JCATS.  Since that time, JCATS has evolved to a multi platform program capable of serving the needs of the smallest to the largest of Georgia's counties.  The Council offers a web-based version of JCATS free of charge to any Georgia Juvenile Court.  Although the Council does not mandate any specific case management system, JCATS counties represent more than 62% of annually reported juvenile court cases.  The Council is currently developing a state based data repository (Juvenile Data Exchange - JDEX) which will eventually include data from all counties.  Further information about JCATS can be obtained by contacting Canyon Solutions directly: information@canyonsolutions.com.  For specific information about JCATS in Georgia, please contact Council staff member Benita Brown for information.

Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) began as a multi-year, multi-site demonstration project initiated by the Annie E. Casey foundation in 1993.  It was designed to assist selected juvenile justice agencies in making systematic changes to juvenile detention practices.  The initiative focused on issues of detention utilization and the development of strategies to reduce reliance on secure detention.  It advocated the use of structured screening tools and well-structure programs that could serve as alternatives to secure detention.  It also offered ways of examining and addressing issues such as minority over-representation and conditions of confinement in detention. Currently, JDAI is operating and effective in more than 250 counties nationwide and is spread across 39 states and the District of Columbia. 

 

Contact Whitney Dickens at the Council for information.

Judical Citizens' Review Panel Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Judicial Citizens' Review Panel staff provide training, support and technical assistance to juvenile court judges and judicial citizen review panels.

During fiscal year 2014, JCRP staff assisted with approximately 205 citizen panels in 65 counties. Case reviews are carried out by judicial citizen review panels in accordance with OCGA 15-11-217. The goal of a judicial citizen review panel is to review compliance with the court ordered case plans designed to achieve permanency for each child in foster care with reunification with the parents as the primary goal. If reunification is not an option, the panels work with the Department of Family and Children Services, the court, and other agencies to identify other permanency options. Approximately 1,200+ citizen volunteers served on panels statewide during the past year. Panel members are appointed by their local juvenile court judge and trained by CJCJ staff. There are currently nine JCRP field representatives who provide technical assistance to the local judicial citizen review panels in each county.

During the past few months, two additional counties have added panels. If any county is interested in discussing the possibility of having panels, please contact Robert Bassett at the Council's office.