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Jun 23
Fulton County Juvenile Court: The S.M.A.R.T. Moves Chess and Mentoring Program

The S.M.A.R.T. Moves Chess and Mentoring Program was founded with the mission of providing activities, services and mentors to help young men prepare for the challenges of manhood and responsible fatherhood. The program was started by a group of Juvenile Court officers who wanted to address the needs of the court-involved young men they encounter on a daily basis. For inquiries regarding the S.M.A.R.T. Moves Chess and Mentoring Program, please contact:


Samuel Washington
Deputy Chief Juvenile Probation Officer
p: 404.613.4804 | e:
Jun 22
Newton County Juvenile Court Gets Another Tool in Casey Foundation

The Newton County Juvenile Court will have another tool to reduce juvenile detention and increase public safety starting in August.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation selected Newton County as one of five counties throughout Georgia to participate in the expansion of the juvenile detention alternatives initiative (JDAI) movement.

Newton County Juvenile Court and its stakeholder partners, which include child welfare and juvenile justice, are excited to participate in new program after learning about the Annie E. Casey Foundation.


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Jun 16
Cherokee County Selected for Juvenile Justice Reform Initiative


CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Cherokee County is one of three counties in the United States selected to be part of a juvenile justice reform initiative.

Juvenile court judges tell 11Alive their mission is to make sure young teens do not appear before them in a courtroom.

Any given year, the county receives about 300 complaints involving teens. Only 15 of those cases end up going to court.

Officials tell us they were selected to be part of the Vera research program because their numbers are low and to serve as a model for a reform initiative. There is a lot Cherokee County wants to improve on.

The cases range from run-a-ways, truancy, disorderly conduct, underage possession of alcohol and drugs. They are hoping the reform initiative will give them the resources to focus more on figuring out the child’s needs instead of disciplinary action.