DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James and DeKalb County Sheriff Jeff Mann will host the 8th Annual Faith Leaders Conference on Thursday, Sept. 15. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. at the DeKalb County Courthouse, located at 556 N. McDonough Street (4th floor) in Decatur. This free conference actively engages and educates county clergy members about the criminal justice system. The 8th Annual Faith Leaders Conference this year will focus on the Drug Court Program, the Anti-Recidivism Court and the Mental Health Court. The day will also include a tour of the DeKalb County Jail.
“Faith leaders are often confronted with serious and, in some instances, life-threatening situations that involve members of their congregation,” said James. “Our focus this year is on alternatives to prosecuting first-time felony offenders or wrong-doers struggling with narcotics addiction and mental health issues. Our programs offer pathways to redemption and a fresh start at life.”
Participants will be provided a complimentary breakfast and lunch. Transportation to the various facilities will also be provided. The 2016 Faith Leaders Conference also includes presentations regarding police pursuit policy and will be complimented with live demonstrations and various simulator exercises.
“Far too many of our jails and prisons house offenders suffering from mental illness, drug addiction or circumstances leading them to committing nonviolent felonies for the first time,” said Sheriff Mann. “Our communities depend upon our faith leaders to light a beacon leading to second chances and renewed opportunities where they are needed.”