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Municipal Court of Atlanta Launches Restore Atlanta Initiative

Post Date:07/26/2017 10:00 AM

Mayor’s Office of Communications
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Anne Torres, Director
404-330-6423, office
404-904-2618, cell
amtorres@atlantaga.gov

Jenna Garland, Press Secretary
404-330-6612, office
404-357-5579, cell
jgarland@atlantaga.gov

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 26, 2017

News Release

Municipal Court of Atlanta Launches Restore Atlanta Initiative

Municipal Court will host health fair to provide information on program to residents 

ATLANTA – The Municipal Court of Atlanta announced today that it will launch Restore Atlanta, formerly Community Court, at a free health fair to provide checkups, immunizations and physicals for returning students on Saturday, July 29 at 150 Garnett Street from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Restore Atlanta takes a non-traditional approach to helping offenders by using sentencing alternatives and legal sanctions to promote rehabilitation. The initiative aims to provide young, first time offenders who commit low level crimes to maintain a clean record by completing rehabilitation programs.

“The Municipal Court of Atlanta is pleased to offer Restore Atlanta to young offenders who deserve a second chance,” said Marcus Sabbs, Director of Restore Atlanta.  “Through this program, the Court will provide resources that will allow participants to build better, and more productive lives. I encourage residents to attend the health fair to not only receive information on the initiative, but have access free checkups, physicals, back-to-school supplies and more.”

Restore Atlanta will work closely with the community by appointing residents to restorative boards who are interested in revitalizing their neighborhoods and ending the cycle of recidivism. The initiative will ensure that out-of-custody defendants register for programs such as Teens Learning Control (TLC) and Restorative Board. TLC is for young drivers, ages 17 through 20, who are convicted of driving offenses.  The program includes innovative tactics designed to educate and deter future negative driving behaviors.  The Restorative Board will connect participants to the community through the guidance and mentoring of board members, and through involvement in other court ordered sanctions including community service projects.  Other low-level crimes eligible for the program include: possession of marijuana, theft by shoplifting, and disorderly conduct.

The Municipal Court of Atlanta will partner with Dr. Marcus Green, CEO and founder of New Beginnings Today, to host the court’s first health fair that will be free to all residents. Residents who attend the health fair will have access to free health services and access to vendors, games and food.

For more information on the Municipal Court of Atlanta, please visit http://court.atlantaga.gov/

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For more information about the City of Atlanta, please visit http://www.atlantaga.gov or watch City Channel 26. Follow the City of Atlanta on Facebook and Twitter @CityofAtlanta. Follow Mayor Reed on Facebook and Twitter @Kasim Reed

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