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Adolphus Graves named Fulton County probation chief
Adolphus Graves

Former Clayton County, Georgia, JDAI Coordinator Adolphus Graves has been named chief of probation for Fulton County (Atlanta).

“Adolphus was promoted because he put his skills to good use,” said Clayton County Juvenile Court Judge Steven Teske. “But he didn't do it to better himself professionally. He did it for the kids.”

Graves is a graduate of the JDAI Applied Leadership Network, a program created by the Annie E. Casey Foundation to accelerate results at JDAI sites and strengthen leadership in the field of juvenile justice.

He leaves Clayton County having helped implement a highly regarded program in which school police use education and counseling, and graduated sanctions and warnings to reduce school-based arrests.

The program, a collaboration involving the Clayton County Juvenile Court, the Clayton County Police Department and the Clayton County Public School District, has been replicated nationwide.

“The court had to be willing to hear the concerns of the police department, school system administrators and vice versa,” Graves said about the program. 

Graves is a graduate of Morehouse College and the Executive Certification Program of the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University.

He holds memberships in a number of organizations, including the National Juvenile Justice Network’s Advisory Board, the American Probation & Parole Association, the Court Association of Georgia and the Clayton Grassroots Leadership Board.