2.25 Team Fulton of Atlanta Named Georgetown Center for Juvenile Justice Reform Fellows

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February 25, 2019


Team Fulton of Atlanta Named
Georgetown Center for Juvenile Justice Reform Fellows


Fulton County, GA – A team of juvenile justice professionals from various organizations in Atlanta/Fulton County, Georgia, has earned a prestigious honor.


The members of “Team Fulton” – comprised of Jacquelyn Anthony, Social Work Services Coordinator (Atlanta Public Schools), Shannon Hervey, Coordinator of Student Discipline (Atlanta Public Schools), Maribell Bell, Director of Student Discipline (Fulton County Schools), Kathy Brown-Bragg, Director of Child and Adolescent Services (Odyssey Family Counseling Center), Jackie Cathey, Coordinator of School Social Work Services (Fulton County Schools), Darrell McDaniel, Captain/Police Officer (Fulton County Schools), Janesta Nairn, Probation Officer (Fulton County Juvenile Court), Tedra Perkins, School Based Mental Health Program Coordinator (Odyssey Family Counseling Center), and Renata Turner, Judge (Fulton County Juvenile Court) – have all recently been selected as new members of the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) Fellows Network based on the approval of their final or “Capstone Project.”


Titled “Exiting the School to Prison Expressway,” the project is focused on reducing the number of students entering the school-to-prison pipeline by assessing the needs and gaps in educational and community services of high risk youth, connecting them to appropriate resources, and increasing their protective services.


“By assessing the needs of students and their families and connecting them to appropriate resources, the team’s Capstone Project has great potential to promote youth well-being and improve public safety in Fulton County,” said Shay Bilchik, Director of CJJR.


Part of Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, CJJR advances a balanced, multi-systems approach to reducing juvenile delinquency, fostering positive youth development, and holding youth accountable.  The Center works nationwide to promote an evidence-based juvenile justice reform agenda, highlighting the research on policies and practices that work best to achieve better outcomes for children.


Members of the Fulton County, GA Team attended the School-Justice Partnerships and Diversion Pathways Certificate Program in September 2018, and were admitted to the CJJR Fellows Network in February 2019. 


For additional information on Exiting the School to Prison Expressway pilot program that will begin in Atlanta Public Schools during the 2019-2020 school year, contact Dr. Shannon Hervey or Dr. Jacquelyn Anthony at 404-802-3500.  


For more information on CJJR Fellows Network, visit http://cjjr.georgetown.edu/certificate-programs/fellows-network/.


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Dr. Jacquelyn Anthony is the Social Work Services Coordinator for Atlanta Public Schools. She is engaged in work that facilitates connections with community and human service agencies to provide wraparound support services and resources which help remove barriers to student learning. Dr. Anthony earned an Ed.D. in Curriculum Studies from Georgia Southern University, a Master’s degree in Social Work from Clark Atlanta University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources from Georgia State University. She has written about Black women parenting and parent involvement, Critical Race Theory, and education in the U.S. South. Her interests include using othermothering as a framework to create space for a communal approach to support students’ thriving in schools and in life.


Dr. Shannon Hervey possesses a PhD in Education from Mercer University, a MSSW from the University of Texas, and a BA in Social Work degree from Northeast Louisiana University. Dr. Hervey is a licensed clinical social worker in Atlanta, Georgia and has provided an array of counseling, assessment, student-centered, and enrichment services to youth and their families for more than 20 years. She works collaboratively with school stakeholders to guide the direction of discipline, and revamp policies and procedures to reflect the evolving APS community and a renewed emphasis on aiding youth to learn from and grow through negative behavior and poor decisions. Dr. Hervey is a published author, and her experience and research is centered in youth and family empowerment, personal development, and reform.