Macon – The Macon-Bibb County School-Justice Partnership is hosting a Parent Information Session Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 6 p.m. The session will be held at the Bibb County School District’s Professional Learning Center, located at 2003 Riverside Drive adjacent to Hutchings Career Center.
All parents/guardians of middle and high school students in Bibb County Schools are invited to attend.
Representatives from the School-Justice Partnership, including District Attorney David Cooke and Bibb County School Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones, will be on hand to provide information and answer questions.
The Information Session will be live-streamed on the District Attorney’s Office Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/DADavidCooke/) for those unable to attend.
The Macon-Bibb County School-Justice Partnership is a collaboration amongst the many facets of the criminal justice system, Bibb County Schools and the community that seeks to strengthen Macon’s children, keep them in school to graduate and stop the school to prison pipeline.
In lieu of arrest, students who commit certain low level school-based offenses are screened for community services to help address underlying reasons for their conduct. These are the same services students would be ordered to receive if they were instead arrested and brought before a juvenile court judge. But, with the Partnership, students are getting services faster and it’s keeping them from reoffending.
In the Partnership’s first year, 207 Bibb County middle and high school students were issued notices of offense after committing offenses such as theft, possession of alcohol or marijuana, or affray (fighting). Only 10 students were referred to the Partnership a second time before school ended in May.
“This is the best way I know of to raise graduation rates and lower crime,” said District Attorney David Cooke. “I hope you can join us and learn more about how we’re helping to grow stronger kids and make our community safer.”
More information about the Macon-Bibb County School-Justice Partnership and its annual report are available at www. macondistrictattorney.org.
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Contact: Amy Leigh Womack