(Decatur, GA) –The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) is pleased to announce today the reelection of Sandra Heath Taylor as Board Chair of the Board of Juvenile Justice. Heath Taylor will again lead DJJ’s 15-member Board, which works to establish the agency's general policy.

"I thank Chair Sandra Heath Taylor for her commitment to the Department of Juvenile Justice," said Commissioner Shawanda Reynolds-Cobb. "I look forward to continuing to work alongside her in our mission to transform and rehabilitate the young lives in our care."

Heath Taylor’s reelection was confirmed during the Board of Juvenile Justice's July meeting. She will now serve a third two-year term as Board Chair.

"I am honored to continue serving in my role as Board Chair," said Chair Heath Taylor. "I remain devoted to positively impacting the lives of DJJ youth and ensuring they obtain the education and skills they need to become thriving citizens.” 

Chair Heath Taylor serves as the Third Congressional District Representative and is a longtime resident of LaGrange, Ga. In 2019, she was appointed Troup County Solicitor General by Governor Brian P. Kemp and elected to remain in office in 2020. Previously, she served for six years as the county's chief assistant solicitor general. Ms. Health Taylor has been a Board of Juvenile Justice member since 2004.

The Board of Juvenile Justice is a combination of professionals, attorneys, law enforcement, public servants, and others interested in improving the juvenile justice system in Georgia. The objective of the Board is to provide leadership in developing programs to rehabilitate juvenile offenders committed to the state's custody successfully and give guidance to the Commissioner. Each board member is appointed by the Governor of Georgia.


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The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice is a multi-faceted agency that serves the state's justice-involved youth up to 21 years of age. The Department's mission is to transform young lives by providing evidence-based rehabilitative treatment services and supervision, strengthening youth and families' well-being, and fostering safe communities. Visit us online at www.djj.georgia.gov.


Communications Glenn Allen