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Probation as a Disposition for Youth with Serious Offense Histories

Thursday, August 11th, 2022

10 a.m. PDT/ 11 a.m. MDT/ 12 p.m. CDT/ 1 p.m. EDT

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The publication, The Role of the Judge in Transforming Juvenile Probation: A Toolkit for Leadership sets forth using probation as a disposition for youth with serious offenses and diverting youth with less serious offense as important practice changes to transform probation so that it is more effective and appropriate with young people.

In this webinar, The Honorable Sheila Calloway, judge of the Juvenile Court of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County TN, and Ms. Kelly Gray, Chief Probation Officer with Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County Juvenile Probation, will share their experiences using outcome data for youth placed on probation and youth committed to juvenile corrections to change disposition decision-making and probation supervision. They will describe practice changes they implemented to place youth with serious offenses on probation to enable such youth to experience the benefits of remaining in the community and maintaining community and family connections while receiving services and support for behavior change.

If you missed our two previous webinars in this series, here are the links:

June 16
Webinar on The Use of Minimum Probation Conditions
July 14
Webinar on Alternatives to Detention as Responses to Technical Violations

Webinar Series Faculty

Hon. Sheila Calloway

Judge Sheila Calloway

The Honorable Sheila Calloway has been serving on the bench of the Juvenile Court of Metropolitan Nashville & Davidson County TN since 2004.  She started as an appointed magistrate, after working at the Metro Public Defender’s Office in both the adult system as well as the juvenile system.  In 2014, she became the elected judge. For several years, Judge Calloway has been leading her county’s juvenile justice reform activities especially around probation transformation. Judge Calloway has extensive connections with her community as well. Among these are her service on the Board of the PENCIL Foundation and being the past chair of the Health and Public Services Partnership Council. She is the former co-founder and co-director of The Voices of Justice – a choir comprised of Juvenile Court employees and others that work with juveniles. Additionally, as adjunct faculty for the Vanderbilt University Law School and the Belmont Law School, Judge Calloway has an important role in shaping the next generation of legal practitioners. She is an alumna of Vanderbilt University, having earned both her B.A. degree in Communications and her J.D. there.

Chief Probation Officer Kelly Gray

Kelly Gray

Kelly Gray, a Nashville native, started her career at Davidson County Juvenile Court in 2006 as a Probation Officer.  In 2010 she became Probation Officer Supervisor for the Mental Health Unit, and in 2012, Ms. Gray became the Supervisor of the Gang & High-Risk Unit for Probation.  In her role as Gang Unit Supervisor, she was instrumental in the development of the first youth gang court know as GRIP – Gang Resistance Intervention Program.  In 2019 Ms. Gray was appointed to Chief of Probation by Judge Sheila Calloway of the Davidson County Juvenile Court.  In this position she oversees three teams of probation officers known as the Support, Intervention and Accountability teams (SIA).  In addition to her SIA team supervision responsibilities, she oversees the Foster Review Board Team and the STAR team which is dedicated to four different diversion programs.  Ms. Gray truly believes the foundation for change and each individual’s ability to achieve their full positive potential starts with building strong, supportive and caring relationships between youth and their community. Ms. Gray holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a Master’s degree in Public Service Management from Cumberland University.