ATLANTA - DCS has announced several upcoming training dates for 'I Choose Support' mentoring program. The 'I Choose Support' mentoring movement is a faith and community based mentoring program which involves community volunteers providing support and guidance to returning citizens. Individuals who have successfully completed supervision under the criminal justice system can also choose to support in this effort.

This training is set to include an overview of the volunteer program, key mentoring skills and qualities, code of ethics, overview of procedures, and other tools essential to successfully mentor returning citizens. Upon completing this training, you will be eligible to receive a volunteer ID required to access Georgia correctional facilities and Day Reporting Centers.

Interested in becoming a volunteer? We invite you to attend our 'I Choose Support' training, where our Mentor Coordinator will walk you through what it takes to be an effective mentor to our returning citizens.

The 'I Choose Support' mentoring trainings are as scheduled:

Friday, March 24, 2017 (9 AM to 3:30 PM)

Georgia Public Safety Training Center

Bay C

1000 Indian Springs Rd.

Forsyth, GA. 31029

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 (3:00 AM to 6:30 PM)

City of Valdosta Annex

(Multi-purpose Room)

300 North Lee St.,

Valdosta, GA. 31601

Thursday, March 30, 2017 (9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Allen Temple AME Church

848 Washington Ave.,

Columbus, GA. 31906

About DCS

DCS is responsible for the effective and efficient supervision of Georgia’s adult felony offenders and Class A and Class B designated juvenile offenders. Utilizing a holistic approach to offender supervision that involves all facets of the community which includes, but is not limited to: victims and their families, programs for offenders and their families, involvement in community activities and partnerships with other criminal justice agencies, DCS works to hold offenders accountable and reduce the state’s recidivism rate.

Contact Information:

For more information, please contact Racheal Peters, DCS Director of Public Affairs at 470-755-4358 or