School / Justice Partnership
The goals of the Macon-Bibb County School-Justice Partnership Agreement include increasing graduation rates, reducing the amount of crime that occurs at school, connecting students in need to community programs, and better responding to students who represent an immediate danger to themselves or others.
Using a series of pre-defined Focus Acts, school resource officers are equipped with the tools and authority to assign an offending student to programs aimed at addressing the root cause of delinquent behavior. This will better equip students for success, and they will be less likely to re-offend.
Because these cases are handled outside the traditional juvenile court system, judicial resources can focus on more dangerous offenses. The agreement is based on a proven model that has shown an increase in graduation rates and decrease in juvenile crime rates. The health of communities and school systems across the nation have improved by using such an agreement.
The agreement was signed on July 17, 2018, in preparation for the 2018-2019 school year.
Signing partners include: The Bibb County School District, Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office, Bibb County Juvenile Court, Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, Macon Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s Office, Macon-Bibb County Solicitor-General’s Office, and the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice.
Work is underway to draft partnership agreements for use in Crawford and Peach County schools. We hope to launch the program in Peach County for the 2019-2020 school year.