Loretta Palmer, ‘Most Distinguished Juvenile Justice Professional’

2013-03-05 | Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations, 3/4/2013 – Panny Mayfield, director; pmayfield@coahomacc.edu, 662-621-4157Bookmark and Share

Holding the engraved plaque she received as Mississippi’s Most Distinguished Juvenile Justice Professional, Loretta Palmer credits much of the program’ s success to the contributions of sheriff’s deputy Rico Smith, community liaison with the AOP/Tony Gober Program in Quitman County.

CLARKSDALE - Coahoma Community College’s Loretta Palmer has been named Mississippi’s Most Distinguished Juvenile Justice Professional at the 38th annual Juvenile Justice Symposium Conference.

Palmer is coordinator of CCC’s Adolescent Opportunities Program (AOP) an intensive and highly structured program focused on turning around at-risk youth referred by the Youth Court and guiding them toward a productive future.

“Loretta Palmer and her program are intensely committed to helping troubled youth; we are so very proud of her and congratulate her on this outstanding award,” said Dr. Vivian Presley, CCC president.

Palmer says the handsome engraved plaque presented to her Feb. 14 was a complete surprise.

CCC’s AOP program not only includes tutoring and counseling, but also coordination with families, supervision and 24-hour contact with the students.

Defined as an award “set aside for employees of the juvenile justice system other than youth court and institutional counselors,” the award recipient “will have exhibited exemplary contributions to the cause of juvenile justice as mandated in the Mississippi Youth Court Act.”

Eligible recipients are administrators, judges, institutional administrators and staff, intake officers, court administrators, volunteer coordinators, prosecutors, public defenders, and referees.