March 19, 2013 09:07 Age: 1 yrs

Georgia Tries To Steer More Juveniles Toward Help

"For decades, the treatment of juvenile offenders has been uneven across Georgia’s counties. And the state violates federal law by locking up too many status offenders — kids who have committed offenses that are not crimes for adults, such as frequently running away or skipping school.

A proposal to overhaul Georgia’s juvenile justice system that has passed the House and is expected to be before the Senate this week could be a way to deal with these issues."  >> Read Rhonda Cook's interview with Melissa D. Carter, Director of the Barton Child Law & Policy Center. 

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