State, federal grants to bolster court programs, public safety in Rockdale County

CONYERS — Rockdale County has received more than $370,000 in Department of Justice Grants and $102,000 in state grants to help improve court programs and public safety.

The largest grant, $345,000, goes to the Rockdale County Adult Drug Court, under Superior Court Judge Robert Mumford. The grant, awarded by the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, will be used for the Adult Drug Court Discretionary Program. This program is designed to address an increase in drug-related crime and the impact it has on community safety, as well as recidivism rates.

Another grant from the Department of Justice will go to the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office. The $25,843 award will be used to provide mobile computers for patrol cars.

The Rockdale County Judicial Circuit Project, under State Court Judge Nancy Bills, received a $102,730 grant from the Governor’s Office for Children and Families to implement a Positive Parenting Program.

In 2011, the Rockdale County District Attorney’s office reviewed four cases of child fatality — two of which had previously substantiated child abuse cases, according to the county. The RCJCT identified a need for broadening support for parents with court cases in Rockdale County. The grant is expected to improve long-term outcomes for the Positive Parenting Program, including reduced recidivism/criminal involvement, fewer incidents of child abuse, better educational outcomes and a healthier community.