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Atlanta Municipal Court Judge Partners with Non-Profit for the Holidays

Post Date:11/17/2017 3:10 PM

Municipal Court of Atlanta Office of Communications
150 Garnett St SW • Atlanta, Georgia 30303

 


Tialer Maxwell, Communications Director
404-954-6704, office
404-719-7109, cell
tmaxwell@atlantaga.gov

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 17, 2017

 News Release

Atlanta Municipal Court Judge Partners with Non-Profit for the Holidays

Municipal Court Judge Terrinee Gundy’s bailout-release program participant receives Atlanta’s first tiny home donation

ATLANTA – The Municipal Court of Atlanta announced today that a participant from Judge Terrinee Gundy’s Don’t Count Me Out (DCMO) Bailout Program will receive a tiny home donation. Through the November 17th weekend, volunteers will build an entire tiny home that will be donated to the participant. Through DCMO’s programs like the Bailout and Empowerment Survival retreats, persons are released from jail for low-level misdemeanors like jaywalking or driving without a license. As a result, families are reunited and given support to stay out of the correctional system.

The Tiny Home will be built under the direction of Randy Jones of Incredible Tiny Homes, featured on HGTV, Tiny House Hunters, and Nifty Homestead. The home will be completed by Sunday November 19th and will remain on display at Blackburn Park in Brookhaven for one week before it is donated to a participant who successfully completed the DCMO Empowerment/Survival Retreat.

Judge Gundy has partnered with DCMO to grant signature bonds to eligible program participants, which has allowed DCMO the use of what would have been bail money, to be repurposed for the enrichment of individual’s lives by equipping them with the necessary tools to stay away from the corrections system.  

“Having the ability to help those who cannot help themselves is a highlight and fulfilling moment in my career on the bench,” said Judge Gundy. This past June for Father’s Day, Judge Gundy released fourteen men on signature bonds that were reunited with their families through DCMO.

Equally as passionate about this project, Monique James, Founder and Executive Director of DCMO, and Brookhaven City Councilmember Bates Mattison are excited about this project and the rewarding outcome it will being. DCMO believes in building and sustaining strong communities that help everyone. Their mission to provide positive outlets that stimulate personal growth for at-risk young people and their parents is invaluable.

Those wanting to participate in the Tiny House Quick Build in Blackburn Park at 3493 Ashford-Dunwoody Road can do so by visiting http://www.dontcountmeoutusa.org/register-to-volunteer.html.

For more information about DCMO, visit http://www.dontcountmeoutusa.org/.

For more information about Atlanta Municipal Court Judge Terrinee Gundy, visit http://court.atlantaga.gov/judges/#JudgeTerrineeL.Gundy.

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