Forward Promise Innovation Grantee

Clayton County Juvenile Court

System of Care (SOC)

Partnering for positive futures for Clayton County children and families

The Clayton County Juvenile Court partners with local schools and law enforcement to find ways of disciplining young people while keeping them in school and out of the juvenile justice system. Since 2004, the School Referral Reduction Protocol, led by Judge Steven Teske, has reduced school arrests by 83 percent and gained national attention as a promising model.


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RWJF Forward Promise grantee Clayton County has developed a System of Care to support young men of color from falling out of school and heading into the juvenile justice system. They partnered with local organizations, juvenile courts, and school districts to provide comprehensive services to help young males achieve in the classroom, develop career goals and make healthy decisions.

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In the news

Parents turn out for Clayton County Public Schools ‘safer schools’ community forum

November 22, 2013 – About 300 parents, students and officials turned out for the “safer schools” community forum Thursday night hosted by Clayton County Juvenile Court.

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Officials prepare to occupy new Juvenile Justice Center

August 18, 2012 – Clayton News Daily writes on the new Juvenile Justice Center and the changes in approach to students.

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