Nestled in the natural ridge that runs between Atlanta and Athens and in between South River and Hightower Trail lays the territory that comprises of DeKalb County (The DeKalb History Center). DeKalb County, also known, as the greenest county in America is located in Georgia. DeKalb County is the third largest county in the state with over 9 cities located inside of it parameters. According to US Census Bureau 691,893 people resided in the county based off of 2010. 23.9% were represented by individuals that were aged 18 and under (DeKalb Census Bureau). Over the years from 2000-2010, DeKalb County has seen a 3.9 percent increase in its population. Georgia has 159 counties. The DeKalb County Juvenile Court is located in the Gregory A. Adams Juvenile Justice Center at 4309 Memorial Drive in Decatur GA.
The juvenile court was established in 1899 as an entity separate from the criminal court. As a separate court system of justice for young people, it focused on prevention and remediation of delinquent behavior (Lemov). The state of Georgia has a Dual Juvenile Justice Department: Independent and Dependent. Independent Court manages there own services and information system away from the Department of Juvenile Justice. Dependent Courts operates their own information system. The information that is collected is also entered into the Department of Juvenile Justice tracking system. There are 146 dependent courts and 13 independent courts (DJJ). DeKalb County is part of the independent courts. In the dependent courts, the staff is provided by the Department of Juvenile Services and as well handle the intake and/or probation. As for the independent courts like DeKalb, everything that a dependent court does is handling internally.
DeKalb County Juvenile Courts mission is to protect the best interests of the child and the community, to restore the lives of children who have been neglected or abused, to redirect children who have admitted to or have been found in violation of the law to become law abiding, productive citizens, and to support the continuity of families by leaving children in their homes whenever possible (DeKalb GOV). There are four judges that preside over the cases that are brought against the juvenile. The main cases these judges deal with are detentionals, dispositions, and deprivations. The goal of the DeKalb County Juvenile Court, specifically the Probation division is to rehabilitate the Juvenile’s within the community. Further, it is to protect the community by recommending sanctions by the court. Lastly, it is to enforce Court orders and to ensure victim’s rights.
The goal of the internship program is to provide undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational opportunities that will foster a comprehensive experience of the Juvenile Justice system, focusing on the Probation department. As an Intern at the DeKalb County Juvenile Court I had many responsibilities. I was given the opportunity to work in a government...