Genesis Academy

Rebuilding Futures

Genesis Academy is an alternative to traditional court prosecution, designed to help young (17-26), non-violent offenders with social services, skills, and job opportunities, which will aide their future decision-making.

DA Howard with students and nature art at Camp Hope of Central Georgia

“We can hold people accountable without destroying lives.”

-DA Anita Howard

 What is the Genesis Academy

A Hopeful Future

The Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Genesis Academy is an alternative to traditional court prosecution. This Academy is designed to help young (17-26), non-violent offenders with social services, skills, and job opportunities, which will aide their future decision-making.

This program allows young adult non-violent offenders an opportunity to make restitution for their crimes, while also maintaining accountability and personal responsibility. Upon successful completion of the program, attendees should be eligible to have their records restricted for the charged offense(s), thereby clearing a pathway toward a successful future.

Individuals who participate in this cognitive-based rehabilitative treatment program, lasting between 12-24 months, have had their cases nolle prosequied (dropped) and their records restricted.

This program seeks to reconcile each Candidate back into community: giving each young adult a second opportunity to create a positive impact in their own lives with an expanded set of tools and opportunities while also paying appropriate restitution to their Victims.

Sample coursework

A Plan for Success

Expectations for the Genesis Academy are established, with some slight variations depending on the case. Candidates are standardly expected to complete:

Educational Courses

Research-based courses selected by the DA’s office designed to teach and empower. 

Meet for Class

Classes meet regularly at a determined time, which will be scheduled after enrollment.

Community Service

Forty hours of community service

Life Planning

Create a Vision poster of a life that the Candidate can live beyond their criminal experience.

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