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Defendant-Focused Career Fair Held for National Drug Court Month

May 31, 2012

May is National Drug Court Month and Columbus, Mississippi was ready to celebrate by getting participants back to work. When Municipal Judge Nicole Clinkscales asked how they might reward or incentivize drug court participants, JCS representative Sameca Gaines suggested a career fair. “Although they are being rehabilitated through treatment, they still have responsibility of family and fines to be taken care of. I thought going a little further than the job board would help,” stated Sameca. So, on the heels of a school-based career fair, members of the Columbus Municipal Court, MUW Career Services, and JCS scrambled to put together a career fair that was focused on defendants. More..

JCS and the City of Jemison Host Career Fair

April 27, 2012

The residents of the city of Jemison, Alabama got a chance to see the creative side of JCS this April as JCS and the city took on the task of hosting a free career fair. “I approached Mayor Eddy Reed with the idea of a community career fair and he embraced the idea with full force,” said Steven Raymond, the Jemison office manager and creative guide behind the event. Raymond was then invited to present the idea to the city council, which not only endorsed the project but offered to host the event at the city municipal complex at no charge and provided city employees to set up the vendor tables. They also helped to spread word of the event through the Chilton County Chamber of Commerce. According to a local paper, the Clanton Advertiser, Mayor Reed told Raymond, “Your judicial correction facility has been a big plus to the city of Jemison. This is an awesome service you’re rendering.”    More..

New Program Aims to Clean Up Dekalb County

February 13, 2012

JCS is delving into new territory once again. This time JCS has entered the world of code enforcement. DeKalb County Georgia Probation Manager, Matt Smith explains the motives of this program, "JCS and code enforcement are building a strong working relationship that will clean up the areas that have been in disrepair for some time. This will help make our community a more beautiful place to live and will hopefully increase the property value in this bad economy."

Code enforcement has been shown over time to promote safety as well as beautification throughout the United States. Many county codes ensure safety by managing out-of-control plant life and removing large, unkempt items that can harbor rats and other pets. They also protect creative children who may see structures like abandoned appliances, vehicles, and piles of scrap as a great place to play. Much of this refuse can include harmful chemicals, sharp edges, and sometimes the ability to be trap children and pets. Research supporting the "Broken Windows" theory of criminology also suggests that consistent code enforcement can assist in increasing social order and decreasing crime within a community. More..

Sarasota Toy Drive Exceeds Expectations

January 3, 2012

This holiday season the Venice, Florida JCS office got to spread a little extra cheer with permission from their judges. The “Jolly Christmas Santa” program allowed defendants that were in good standing to buy out their eligible community service hours with toys, nonperishable food items, and toiletries destined to help out families in need.

The program had a goal of collecting $5,000 in items to donate. However, Sarasota surpassed this target, reaching over 150% of their original goal with a total of $7,600 in items collected for charity. Three vans, a truck, and a large car were required to move these items to their destinations. More..

Defendant Earns GED through JCS Program

November 15, 2011

The efforts of a group of JCS and community members in Osceola County are starting to pay off. This November JCS is proud to celebrate the first GED earned by a member the free adult education program.

“This is a great program for the community,” said program instructor Ramon Rodriguez, “it shows that we want to give back to them.”

Mr. Henderson, the program’s first graduate completed and passed all of the required coursework and tests, so he was able to obtain a voucher to take the Florida GED Tests for free as well. More..

Dale County Gathers "To Give Drugs the Boot"

October 31, 2011

Lions and troopers and princesses, oh my! Over the weekend Stephanie Sapp, a JCS office manager in Alabama, found herself surrounded by an adorable cast of characters in Ozark, Alabama. After an invitation by Midland City Court Magistrate Arlissa E. Minniefield, Stephanie spent Saturday volunteering as a representative of JCS at the Dale County Red Ribbon Block Party. This event was organized by the Coalition for a Drug Free Dale County of SpectraCare Health Systems in honor of National Drug Free Awareness Week, also known as Red Ribbon Week. More..