(Decatur, GA) The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) held a graduation ceremony for 56 newly trained Juvenile Correctional Officer (JCO) cadets on Friday, May 17, at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, Ga. The cadets have joined the ranks of other JCOs at DJJ secure facilities across the state.

"Our Juvenile Correctional Officers work to ensure a safe and secure environment for rehabilitating and transforming the young lives we serve,” said DJJ Commissioner Shawanda Reynolds-Cobb. “I am thankful for these new officers' commitment to helping justice-involved youth take steps towards a bright future.”

Basic Juvenile Correctional Officer Training (BJCOT) is a 200-hour comprehensive program that provides basic skills training in security practices and procedures. To complete the program, a cadet must meet established standards on written examinations that evaluate cognitive knowledge and performance-oriented studies.

The graduates are assigned to a DJJ detention center or development campus in Bibb, Chatham, Clayton, Cobb, Crisp, Dalton, Dodge, DeKalb, Evans, Floyd, Fulton, Hall, Laurens, Muscogee, Richmond, Rockdale, Thomas, Ware, and Wilkes counties.

Here is a list of BJCOT Class #268 graduates and their hometowns:



  1. Harold Anderson

Miami, Fla.

  1. Matthew Barnhill

Waycross, Ga.

  1. Brandon Battle

Clearwater, Fla.

  1. Jakeia Brooks

Fort Pierce, Fla.

  1. Brice Buchhorn

Stephenville, Texas

  1. Raven Christopher

Thomasville, Ga.

  1. Christopher Coleman

Atlanta, Ga.

  1. Arianna Daniels

Marietta, Ga.

  1. Re’iyces Daniely

Macon, Ga.

  1. Charles Davis

Atlanta, Ga.

  1. Kirk Dunham

Chicago, Ill.

  1. Jakyra Edmundson

Rome, Ga.

  1. Jamal Evans

Atlanta, Ga.

  1. Natasha Farinha


  1. Lovely Foster

Columbus, Ga.

  1. Antonio Francis

Belle Glade, Fla.

  1. Ashlee Funderburk

St. Petersburg, Fla.

  1. Felicia Gladmon

Atlanta, Ga.

  1.  Brock Gonyea

Cartersville, Ga.

  1. Asia Harris

Atlanta, Ga.

  1. Nikki Haynes

Milledgeville, Ga.

  1. Kristian Hearns

New Jersey

  1. Bre’shayla Heggs

Sandersville, Ga.

  1. Chekeira Hicks

Savannah, Ga.

  1. Jakayla Hodnett


  1. Dreammer Jefferies

Stone Mountain, Ga.

  1. Tramaya Kemp

Augusta, Ga.

  1. Kevin Klingman

Snellville, Ga.

  1. Shenna Little

New York, N.Y.

  1. Lorna Louden

New Jersey

  1. Mikia Martin

Eastman, Ga.

  1. Julian Mata

Hanford, Ca.

  1.  Ke’Ontay McRae

Milan, Ga.

  1. Reeva Money

Rome, Ga.

  1. Chanquilla Nelson

Atlanta, Ga.

  1. William Ortiz-Santiago

Ponce, Puerto Rico

  1. Lavieanna Payton

Miami, Fla.

  1. Shenieka Peele

West Palm Beach, Fla.

  1. Amara Peters

Columbus, Ohio

  1. Samantha Ranew

Statesboro, Ga.

  1. Shania Richardson

Claxton, Ga.

  1. Cristobal Romero

Crescent City, Calif.

  1. Rushanna Roper

New York, N.Y.

  1.  Samira Ruffin

St. Petersburg, Fla.

  1.  Chan-tay Smith

Columbus, Ga.

  1.  Shanaya Smith


  1. Vernée Smith

Atlanta, Ga.

  1. Kathleen Taylor


  1. Vernon Taylor

Grenada, West Indies

  1. Tarique Thomas

Columbus, Ga.

  1. Thomas Usischon

New York, N.Y.

  1. Caleb Walkey

Dalton, Ga.

  1. Daja Washington

Dublin, Ga.

  1. Devin Williams

Tallahassee, Fla.

  1. Michelle Williams

Miami, Fla.

  1. Briasia Young

Marietta, Ga.


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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.


Communications Glenn Allen