Q&A for Restore Atlanta and Homeless Court
1. Does the Court offer an alternative sentencing program?
Restore Atlanta (Community Court) provides alternative sentencing options and diversion programming. Restore Atlanta offers four (4) alternative sentencing programs: Teens Learning Control (TLC), Restorative Justice, Psychological Services, and Community Service. All programs are by referral only by the Municipal Court of Atlanta.
2. What is Teens Learning Control (TLC)?
TLC is an alternative sentencing program that provides offenders, who are twenty-one (21) years of age or under, an opportunity to learn about Georgia traffic laws in order to improve driving skills and decision-making skills.
3. What is Restorative Justice?
Restorative Justice is an alternative sentencing program for individuals under the age of twenty-five (25) meant to provide defendants with opportunities for further education and resources to learn meaningful coping and decision-making skills to prevent future offenses.
4. What is the Homeless Court Program?
The Homeless Court Program is an alternative sentencing program with the following goals:
1. Countering the effects of criminal cases pushing homeless defendants further outside of society.
2. To emphasize the treatment and rehabilitation of homeless defendants.
3. To combine a progressive plea bargain system, alternative sentencing structure, and program activities to address a full range of misdemeanor offences.
5. Where do I submit paperwork and documentation to meet the requirements of the programs?
Defendants will submit initial enrollment paperwork at the Municipal Court: 150 Garnett Street S.W Atlanta, Ga. 30303 Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. A specialist is available on the main floor of the courthouse (at Window #13) Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. All other requirements of the program can be submitted electronically to their assigned specialist.
6. What are the terms and conditions of the programs?
1. A Restore Atlanta Specialist will contact the participant within forty-eight (48) hours of being enrolled into the program to establish a plan to complete all requirements. The Specialist shall maintain a record of the participant’s compliance with the program terms.
2. Each participant will receive the requirements for satisfactory completion of the program. The participant is responsible for fulfilling all requirements.
3. Individuals will only be allowed to participate in the program one (1) time.
4. All documents must be submitted in-person or electronically via email to your specialist.
5. The participant must check-in with the specialist within thirty (30) days and provide an update on their progress.
6. Documentation of completed requirements must be submitted no later than sixty (60) days from the date of registration into the program. The participant will receive notice of all verified documentation. The participant’s presence at the compliance hearing is not required upon confirmation by specialist that all requirements have been fulfilled.
7. The participant must notify the specialist if requirements are not completed within sixty (60) days of sentencing, or immediately upon identifying a financial hardship.