Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Commissioner Avery D. Niles was sworn into office by Governor Nathan Deal in November 2012 and affirmed by a unanimous vote of the DJJ Board. Commissioner Niles leads a team of 4,300 state juvenile corrections professionals posted in 26 secure facilities and 97 community services offices where they are engaged in restorative justice for more than 13-thousand young offenders. With more than 29 years of distinguished law enforcement and criminal justice experience, Commissioner Niles built his corrections career as Warden of the Hall County Correctional Institute after rising through the ranks of the Hall County Sheriff’s Office to Commander of the Hall County Detention Center.
In 2014, Commissioner Niles was elected to the American Correctional Association (ACA) Board of Governors and is a member of First Lady Sandra Deal’s Children’s Executive Cabinet. Niles is also a gubernatorial appointee to a number of state boards, serving as State Chairman of the GA State Council for Interstate Juvenile Supervision and Grant Funding Committee Chairman for the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC). He was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to the Accountability Courts Funding Committee, the Office of Child Advocate Nominating Committee, the Department of Community Supervision Board and the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI). He served as 2nd Vice President of the Georgia Prison & Warden’s Association and remains active in both the National and Georgia Sheriff’s Associations, the Peace Officers Association of Georgia and the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police. In 2016, Commissioner Niles was selected as members of the 24th GILEE delegation to Israel and chosen by the class to lead the delegation during their trip.