District Attorney Initiatives & Programs
District Attorney Anita R. Howard promised to bring accountability and transparency to the Macon Judicial Circuit. The Accountability Council is that promise fulfilled.
The Accountability Council is comprised of 9 members, all who reside in Bibb, Crawford and Peach counties. The Accountability Council will review partnership opportunities that aid in prevention of criminal activity and protection and services for our victims.
In addition to the Accountability Council, there will be sub-councils that are created and approved by the Accountability Council. These specific community focused sub-councils will include 7-9 community stakeholders.
The R.I.S.E Program, formerly known as the School Justice Partnership, is an expanding program that will focus on our youth non-violent offenders to hopefully move them away from the criminal justice system. RISE will continue partnering with schools across Bibb, Crawford and Peach counties but will also encompass our community stakeholder organizations, faith based organizations and youth advocates to identify our youth at the highest risk and provide resources to keep them on the right path.
2nd Chance Academy
In conjunction with the RISE program, the 2nd Chance academy is an additional opportunity for young adult non-violent offenders to make restitution for their crimes but also stay out of the criminal justice system through other means of punishment. The 2nd chance Academy will provide job training, housing and employment assistance as well as services to treat unmitigated trauma that can lead to crime.
Junior Justice League
The Junior Justice League is a summer opportunity for middle school students to learn more about the criminal justice system by interacting with all aspects in a positive manner. The Junior Justice league will engage in programs that will teach our youth about being violence interrupters, navigating the justice system as a prosecutor and giving them an opportunity to learn about careers in the legal field.
Coming Summer 2021
Case Flow Analysis
“You cannot improve what you refuse to measure.”
District Attorney Anita R. Howard promised the citizens of the Macon Judicial Circuit that the District Attorney’s office would measure and track how we prosecute cases to root out bias based on race, socioeconomic status, gender, age or sexual orientation. DA Howard is reviewing all cases over the last 5 years and will produce a community accessible report once completed. This information will be utilized to train our attorneys to apply justice equitably across the Macon Judicial Circuit.
Record restriction is a process that restricts eligible records on your official criminal history report from the general public and most prospective employers’ view. The record will still be visible to certain entities that are allowed for by law to include law enforcement for criminal justice purposes.