Augusta Judicial Circuit Court Chief Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet, who shot and killed a burglar in his home Friday morning, has shown a strong interest in deterring crime with Neighborhood Watch programs since the 1980s.
Running for Augusta City Council in 1980, Overstreet stressed the importance of a program for Augusta, similar to the one he's now a member of in Summerville.
"I spent a week going door to door," he told The Augusta Chronicle during his campaign. "The overriding concern of people is that their home will be broken into."
His ideas on crime later led to his being elected president of the then-new Forest Hills Association, where he again promoted a Neighborhood Watch program.
Overstreet is currently a member of the Summerville Neighborhood Association, which has developed a notification system and neighborhood watch to deter crime in the neighborhood's 2,400 homes.
Overstreet, 65, was appointed to the bench Nov. 1, 1991. He previously served as a Municipal Court judge for Augusta.
He graduated from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University and became the chief judge after William M. Fleming Jr. retired in 2006.
As a Superior Court judge, Overstreet presides over criminal felony cases and civil lawsuits.
He has experienced health problems since being hit by an Atlanta city bus while crossing a street in May 1989. Witnesses said he was knocked under the bus and dragged before tumbling under the rear wheels. He was in intensive care and underwent several surgeries on his legs.