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Bethel/Jud Winston P. Bethel

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Adjunct Instructor

Phone: (404) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: w***@***.edu
Local Address:  Atlanta , Georgia , United States
Georgia Piedmont Technical College
495 N. Indian Creek Dr.
Clarkston , Georgia 30021
United States


Employment History

  • Senior Judge
    DeKalb County Magistrate Court
  • Chief Judge
    DeKalb County Magistrate Court
  • Chief Magistrate
    DeKalb County Magistrate Court
  • Metros Coach and Director
  • Judge

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Dekalb County Diverstion Treatment Court
34 Total References
Web References
WINSTON BETHEL, CHIEF MAGISTRATE JUDGE IN DEKALB CO. AND GEORGIA METROS HALL OF FAME DIRECTOR & COACH, CONTINUES HELPING THOSE IN NEED BY ESTABLISHING AN AWARD-WINNING DIVERSION TREATMENT COURTIN DEKALB COUNTY FOR THOSE DEFENDANTS SUFFERING FROM MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS. TRUE TO THE GEORGIA METROS LIFE LESSON: "GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY"--COACH BETHEL CONTINUES TO HELP THOSE IN OUR COMMUNITY WHO NEED HELP!! Realizing that those sufering from mental health problems often get lost in the Criminal Justice System and do not get the treatment they need, GeorgiaMetros Hall of Fame Coach & Director Winston P. Bethel, the Chief Magistrate Judge in Dekalb County, established a Dekalb CountyDiverstion Treatment Court in 2001, after serving on a Task Force, started in 1999, to study mental health issues and the criminal justice system. The Diversion Court allows Defendants who have mental health problems and who are charged with non-violent offenses to go through a court-supervised treatment program, and if they complete their treatment, they can "graduate" and avoid criminal prosecution. The Treatment Court has earned national recognition, and Coach Bethel/Judge Bethel is often called upon to speak to national seminars about setting up similar programs around the country. Studies show that only 8 percent of of the Treatment Court's Defendants have commited another offense, and 71 percent of those sent to the Court have graduated. Those who do not follow through with their treatment plan are prosecuted criminally. As reported in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (December 31, 2007), the Court was recognized by the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration as a role model for the country, and was granted a $1 Million Grant over three (3) years. Judge Bethel said the Federal Grant will be used to divert more mental-health problem defendants into the program, to reach out to the immigrant communities and ethnic miniporities, and to expand the mental health services available. CONGRATULATIONS TO COACH BETHEL ON HIS HARD WORK AND SUCCESS!
Office of the Mental Health Advocate, 15 Aug 2006 [cached]
Judge Winston P. Bethel Receives the
Group shot - Judge Bethel holds up his award surrounded by the staff of OMHA
Judge Bethel surrounded by the staff of OMHA. From left to right: Alicia Thomas, Trina Cox, Susan Myrick, Sabrina Rhinehart, Judge Bethel, Charles Hess, Cathy Sonier
The Office of the Mental Health Advocate recognized the Honorable Judge Winston P. Bethel, the Chief Judge of DeKalb County Magistrate Court, for his substantial contributions in providing alternatives for mentally ill persons caught up in the criminal justice system by awarding him the Debra J. Blum Award on March 2, 2006. In 2001, DeKalb County became the first jurisdiction in the State of Georgia to implement a Diversion Treatment Court dedicated to Sabrina Rhinehart presents Judge Bethel with award plaque.
Judge Bethel has worked tirelessly with many others in the community to research and implement a mental health court in order to divert defendants with mental illness from the inadequate consequences of the criminal justice system. Judge Bethel has been the Chief Judge of the DeKalb County Magistrate Court since 1998 and has promoted the concept of Therapeutic Jurisprudence as demonstrated not only by the mental health court but also by various other initiatives including a domestic violence diversion court and a child support/abandonment court. He remains dedicated to idea of intervention and alternative sentencing as a way of treating mental illness.
Judge Bethel and GPDSC Director, Michael Mears
Community Leader Testimonials » DeKalb CSB, 13 Mar 2014 [cached]
Judge Winston Bethel Testimonial
Retired Judge Winston Bethel was formerly the Chief Magistrate of the DeKalb County Magistrate Court and a visionary of the Mental Health Court. He gives a testimony for DeKalb Community Service Board's role as a leader in public mental health services.
Winston P. Bethel, chief ..., 10 Mar 2009 [cached]
Winston P. Bethel, chief judge of DeKalb County Magistrate Court, said courthouse employees were stunned by the arrests.
"I'm in absolute shock," Bethel said when reached at his home Tuesday. "This whole thing doesn't make sense to me."
Hughes, 39, of Covington, was active in the community and was an excellent employee, Bethel said.
The Real Cost of Prisons Weblog: Outrageous but True Archives, 10 Aug 2008 [cached]
"It's an enormous drain on resources in regard to jails and the court system," said Judge Winston Bethel of DeKalb County Magistrate Court.
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