For several years, the P.A.C.E Coalition (Progressive Assistance for Change and Empowerment Coalition made up of Clayton County System of Care and its partners in the Clayton County Public Schools, local law enforcement, and the Clayton County Juvenile Court) has provided consultation and technical assistance to more than 50 requesting jurisdictions interested in replicating our nationally recognized and lauded School- Justice Partnership. The technical assistance is made possible through the support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation through its Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI), the Clayton County Juvenile Justice Fund, the Clayton County Board of Education and the Clayton County Board of Commissioners.

We have worked with small, rural jurisdictions and very large stakeholder groups, including Los Angeles County and New York City. We have even provided consultation to the nation of Tajikistan in the development of its juvenile justice system and worked with officials from the state of Victoria, Australia. Most of the jurisdictions with whom we have worked have successfully implemented their own school - justice partnerships and have enjoyed results similar to those we have experienced in reducing school- based arrests, all while enhancing the safety and climate in their schools. As each jurisdiction is different, we approach each technical assistance project using a results - based accountability framework, recognizing the results will be unique to that jurisdiction’s circumstances, needs, and objectives.

For more information on technical assistance and to schedule a visit, email Colin Slay, CCJC director of programs and resource development, at Colin.Slay@co.clayton.ga.us.

P.A.C.E Coalition Team

Steven Teske is the chief judge of the Clayton County Juvenile Court and serves regularly as a Clayton County Superior Court judge by designation. He was appointed juvenile judge in 1999.

Teske earned his bachelor's, master's, and juris doctorate degrees from Georgia State University. His prior experience began as a chief parole officer in Atlanta, deputy director of Field Services of the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles, and a trial attorney in the law firm of Boswell & Teske LLP. He also served as a special assistant Attorney General prosecuting child abuse and neglect cases and representing state employees and agencies in federal and state court cases.

Teske is a past president of the Council of Juvenile Court Judges and has been appointed by the governor to the Children & Youth Coordinating Council, DJJ Judicial Advisory Council, Commission on Family Violence, and the Governor's Office for Children and Families.


Deborah Stone is a visionary who believes that every single child deserves the opportunity to thrive.

She has served as the executive director of Clayton County System of Care since 2017 after having served in various roles since 2013. She leads systems level change through coordination and facilitation of interagency partnerships.

Stone continues to evaluate ways to improve and expand on existing programs and policies.

Her commitment and passion for helping disenfranchised children stems from being   born and raised in Suriname, South America where she was exposed to the crippling effects of poverty. It is this life experience that inspires her to empower our most vulnerable children to thrive.

Ms. Stone has more than 12 years of Social Service experience that includes a strong background in Child Welfare. She received her Master of Social Work degree from Wayne State University and a Bachelor of Social Work from Michigan State University.


Over the past two decades, Colin Slay has served in many capacities within the Clayton County Juvenile Court, including the intake and probation departments, serving as the local JDAI coordinator, Judge Teske’s chief of staff, and now as director of Programs and Resource Development.

Slay is also responsible for the development and oversight of the Juvenile Court’s treatment and programs budget, the oversight of the implementation and efficacy of evidence-based programs, the strategic development of programs and other resources, and he serves as the Juvenile Court’s public information officer. Slay serves as the chair of the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council’s Disproportionate Minority Contact Subcommittee, and he serves with that organization’s State Advisory Group, which is responsible for developing the state’s juvenile justice agenda. In 2015, Governor Nathan Deal appointed Slay to serve on the Georgia JDAI Steering Committee, a subcommittee of the state’s Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform.


A lifelong Clayton County educator, Luvenia Jackson was instrumental in implementing policies for the CCSC as a co-founder. Jackson served in various roles in Clayton County Public Schools since 1976— starting as a special education teacher and working her way up the ranks to CCPS superintendent in 2014.

In 2010, she began co-authoring and directing CCSC activities in collaboration with Juvenile Court.   She assisted in developing a CCSC referral process and procedural manual, and also facilitated the assessment, staffing and oversight to the CCSC community service providers.


Marc Richards is currently a captain at the Clayton County Police Department, overseeing the department’s School Resource Officers division.  In 2000, as a police officer with the Clayton County Police Department in Clayton County, he was introduced to School-Based Policing and began an insightful journey toward what is now considered juvenile justice reform.

His assignment with the C.C.P.D. SRO Unit has provided him with a perspective that is considered both unique and nuanced. He actively and effectively “worked the protocol” for the pre-Clayton County Collaborative Agreement for a number of years then ultimately was charged with ensuring its longevity as the SRO Commander. Under his leadership, the Positive Student Engagement Model laid the foundation for what eventually became the Clayton County System of Care.