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The Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Office of Communications (OoC) is the point of contact for media inquiries from all local, state and national news organizations. The OoC is solely authorized by the Commissioner as the Department’s official media liaison to provide timely and accurate information about DJJ and its 26 juvenile secure facilities and 96 community services offices (CSOs).

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The Office of the Ombudsman acts as a single point of contact for family members, advocates, and other concerned citizens who are interested in reporting complaints on behalf of youth under supervision to the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice.
DJJ is pleased to announce the deployment of a Community Resources Database for use by staff, youth and their families. The database consists of more than 1,200 resources statewide. DJJ will continue to add to the database as new resources become available.

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On behalf of all of the Department of Juvenile Justice employees throughout Georgia, I want to extend my heartfelt support to First Lady Sandra Deal as she battles the initial stages of breast cancer. First Lady Deal’s openness, strength and good nature in responding to this health challenge has been an inspiration to all.
DJJ is pleased to announce the deployment of a Community Resources Database for use by staff, youth and their families. The database consists of more than 1,200 resources statewide. DJJ will continue to add to the database as new resources become available.
The Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) will conduct a statewide canned food drive collection campaign benefitting local food banks across Georgia. “Restock the Shelves ‘18” will begin on February 15 and run through March 15, 2018.
The Eastman Youth Development Campus (Eastman YDC) continues to design innovative and fun activities for eligible youth enrolled in the Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) program. The facility most recently held a spades tournament that rewarded youths who were incident-free and who had no cool-off periods, special incident reports or redirections for one month with 100 percent group participation.
February 5th through 9th is the timetable Governor Nathan Deal has declared as ‘Severe Weather Preparedness Week’ this year to promote the importance of emergency awareness and to encourage all Georgia citizens to be ready for all severe weather-related events or other major emergencies. Friday is Flood Safety.
The Georgia Association of Women in Public Safety invites you to attend their 2018 training conference on May 1-3, 2018 at the Hyatt Place Athens.
The Winter 2018 edition of H.I.T.S. Behind the Badge, the Official Newsletter of the Department of Juvenile Justice's High Intensity Team Supervision is now online. In this month's newsletter, learn more about the 2018 Commissioner's Challenge, 21st Century Policing, details on the 2018 Polar Plunge and general H.I.T.S. questions/answers.
As part of DJJ's ongoing commitment to improving community life in its facilities, the Sumter Youth Development Campus (Sumter YDC) has become a leader in providing quality activities for the youths in its care.
During the December holidays, employees of the Claxton Regional Youth Detention Center (Claxton RYDC) demonstrated that the definition of family extends well beyond all walls with a Christmas collection drive for the son of the one of the facility’s youth.
There was a flurry of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) during the holidays and at the end of 2017 for the staff and youth at the Eastman Youth Development Center (Eastman YDC). Facility youth who had not received any Disciplinary Reports (DRs) or Special Incident Reports (SIRs) and who had 100 percent participatory attendance in group activities had the chance to experience a wide range of fun events.
The Office of Classification and Transportation Services' 2017 Professional Development Conference took place late November at the Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris.
Governor Nathan Deal on November 17th announced the six award winners who will participate in the Innovation Fund Accelerator, a competitive grant opportunity that provides funding to local educational agencies, regional educational service agencies, traditional public schools and charter schools to develop innovative programs that address challenging and complex educational issues.
Recently, the CJI released a report on the key outcomes from Georgia’s Incentive Grant Programs. These key outcomes show the fruits of Georgia's efforts in improving their juvenile justice system.
The Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC), is pleased to announce that Georgia has been awarded a National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) Outstanding Program Award for the Juvenile Justice Incentive Grant Program (JJIG).