Criminal Justice Reform

As prosecutors, our primary job is to hold offenders accountable while securing justice for crime victims and the community. But that’s not all. We also seek to ensure that justice is fair. Our staff is dedicated to the continued research and implementation of data-proven criminal justice reform strategies to do our part to improve the safety of our community.

Here’s information about a few of our initiatives.

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Record Restriction

O.C.G.A. 35-3-37 provides for the restriction of certain criminal history records for non-criminal justice purposes (such as for employment) when approved by a prosecuting attorney.  You may be eligible for records restriction if:
  • You were arrested for a crime and the case was disposed of without a conviction
  • You were convicted of certain misdemeanors while under the age of 21
  • You successfully completed a Pre-Trial Intervention or Diversion program
  • You successfully completed a conditional discharge sentence
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School-Justice Partnership

The Macon Judicial Circuit is home to two of the five School-Justice Partnerships in Georgia. Considered by experts to be the bedrock of juvenile justice reform, School-Justice Partnerships offer students services for trauma and other underlying causes of delinquent conduct exhibited at school. Experts say a School-Justice Partnership is the #1 way to interrupt the school-to-prison pipeline for minority youth.
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Fast Panel

We’re taking steps to form a new FAST (Finding Alternatives for Safety and Treatment) Panel to screen all juvenile arrests. Comprised of a multidisciplinary team, the group will prepare a recommendation for the judge of services and alternatives to incarceration when appropriate. Data shows that a youth’s likelihood of recidivism increases and likelihood of graduating high school decreases if they’re incarcerated.