Susette M. Talarico Lecture ft. Judge Steve Goss of the Court of Appeals of Georgia
“Next Step for Persons in the Criminal Justice System with Mental Health Issues”
Prior to his appointment in 2018 to the Court of Appeals of Georgia, Judge Steve Goss served as a state trial judge in Albany, Georgia for 23 years, first as a juvenile court judge and for the last 19 years as a state circuit Superior Court judge. Judge Goss is a past president of the Council of Superior Court Judges of Georgia. In 2002, Judge Goss founded the Dougherty Superior Court Mental Health/Substance Abuse treatment court program. It was the first full scale mental health court in Georgia and one of the early felony programs nationally. The program has served as a national Learning Site for mental health courts as designated by the Council of State Governments and the US Bureau of Justice Assistance. He is the immediate past chairman of the Council of Accountability Court Judges of Georgia.
The Susette M. Talarico Lecture, presented by the Criminal Justice Studies Program and the Criminal Justice Society, is hosted annually in memory of Dr. Talarico, a long-time director of the Criminal Justice Studies Program. With support from the Susette M. Talarico Fund, the Criminal Justice Society, the Departments of Political Science and Sociology, this lecture series brings practitioners and scholars to campus to speak on a wide variety of current issues in criminal justice.