Juvenile Justice

Paving the Way to Positive Futures

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2014 – 2017

Community Collaboration

Goal: To develop and implement a system of collaboration to address the needs of individuals involved in the Juvenile Justice System.

Rationale: A unified system of collaboration will increase positive outcomes for youth without duplicating services, therefore reducing costs to the community.


  • To educate community members and service providers on the causes of delinquent behaviors and what research shows works effectively to prevent and reduce those identified behaviors.
  • To institute the use of formal cooperative interagency agreements.

Juvenile Delinquency

Goal: To reduce delinquent behaviors in DeKalb County as measured by risk/protective factors.

Rationale: Reducing delinquent behavior increases the quality of life for youth and families while increasing community safety and reducing costs to the community.


  • To encourage the use of a standardized risk assessment tool by all youth agencies and schools who provide services geared towards prevention and reduction of delinquent behaviors.
  • To focus resources on programs that are proven by research to decrease delinquent behaviors.


Goal: To improve school attendance for all K-12 students.

Rationale: Increased attendance improves academic achievement, increases employability, decreases juvenile delinquency and reduces costs to the community.


  • To explore and encourage the adoption of a county wide attendance policy
  • To review and revise, as necessary, the procedures for truancy intervention including referrals, pre-court hearings, diversion and court referrals.
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