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Atlanta, GA 30303
Polly McKinney, Advocacy Director
JUSTGeorgia’s mission is to advocate change to Georgia’s juvenile code and the underlying social service systems to better serve Georgia’s children and promote safer communities.
The primary goal of JUSTGeorgia is to create a long term coalition that will advocate, monitor, and report on the conditions, laws, and policies that affect the justice and safety of Georgia's young people. Fundamental to this goal are two initial objectives:
- To work for the passage of a new Juvenile Code that reflects the scientific findings and best practices in the child development field; and
- To identify and change policies in Georgia's underlying social services system that can prevent detention and sustain healthy behaviors outside the juvenile justice system.
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Report on the Evaluation of Judicially Led Responses to Eliminate School Pathways to the Juvenile Justice System
Tags: California | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | Florida | Georgia | Indiana | Kentucky | Massachusetts | Maryland | Michigan | North Carolina | New Mexico | Tennessee | School-to-Prison Pipeline | Reports | Research
Report on judicially-led collaboratives to reduce stringent school discipline and referrals of youth to juvenile courts for school-based behaviors. Discusses findings and some lessons learned. (Copyright 2015, released in June 2016.)
NJJN's director pens a passionate op-ed detailing recent tragedies of kids abused or who died in secure custody and argues for a radical change to our approach for youth in trouble with the law.
Career opportunities in the field of youth justice reform: January 2016.
U.S. Department of Justice | Statement of Interest filed by the Department of Justice in N.P. v Georgia.
The U.S. Department of Justice filed a statement of interest in a lawsuit against the state of Georgia over inadequate indigent defense. It is the first such filing in a state court to address right to counsel for children re: In re Gault.
Georgia legislation reforming the state's juvenile code. 2013-14 legislative session.
After years of advocacy by NJJN member JUSTGeorgia, the state of Georgia completely revised its laws on how its juvenile justice system handles youth in trouble.
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JustGeorgia provides a detailed summary of the changes to Georgia's juvenile code enacted through H.B. 242.
Georgia passed a comprehensive reform of the state’s juvenile code, aimed at reducing the number of youth in confinement and ensuring the juvenile justice system is focused on rehabilitation. The 248-page law prohibits detention of youth who commit status offenses, and instead designates them as “children in need of services.” The new code increases use of alternatives to detention for youth who are classified as low-to-medium risk and includes an increased emphasis on risk and behavioral health assessments. Additionally, the code ensures representation for youth at every stage of the legal process. In FY 2014, the law invested five million new dollars ($4 million state/$1 million federal) in community-based programs and in the second year, FY 2015, the law invested $8.85 million ($7.85 million state/$1 million federal) into such services. The changes stemming from the law are expected to save the state $88 billion over five years. H.B. 242/Act No. 127, signed into law May 2, 2013; effective January 1, 2014.
Apply now to NJJN's Youth Justice Leadership Institute; NJJN members achieve breakthroughs in CO and GA; sex offender registration requirements can ruin innocent lives; juvenile justice jobs -- and more!
New bills in Colorado and Georgia legislatures address the need for juvenile justice reform.
Georgia's "Good Behavior Bill" allows the Department of Juvenile Justice or a youth to bring a motion to modify custody of youth committed to the department for certain designated felonies. The law now allows the court to recognize a youth's good behavior and academic and rehabilitative progress, and grant release from restrictive custody after a hearing on the evidence.
Law amends Georgia's anti-human trafficking law, which encompasses the commercial sexual exploitation of youth. The law clarifies its offenses; substantially increases penalties; allows for the forfeiture of property related to the crime; limits the use of the victim's sexual history, relation to defendant, and the ability to consent as a defense to sex trafficking; and provides that a person will not be guilty of a prostitution-related crime if the act was committed under coercion or deception while the person was a human trafficking victim.
The Blame Game: The Winner Loses and the Kids Are Hurt, Judge Steve Teske, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
Article calling for judges to more actively engage stakeholders in order to reduce arrests in schools.
Georgia Extends Limit on Detention of Youth Convicted of Status Offenses and Low-Level Misdemeanors, H.B. 1104
Legislation extends H.B. 245 to 2013; H.B. 245 shortened the maximum length of time that certain youth can be held in the state's Short-Term Program (STP) from 60 to 30 days. STP is a dispositional option that results in a short-term detention placement for youth. The aim of the legislation is to keep youth convicted of status offenses and low-level misdemeanors out of detention and to serve them more appropriately and effectively in the community.
The Dichotomy of Judicial Leadership: Working with the Community to Improve Outcomes for Status Youth, Judge Steven C. Teske (Georgia) and Judge J. Brian Huff (Alabama), Juvenile and Family Court Journal
The authors discuss the negative outcomes that arise from secure detention of status offenders and urge judges not to use detention as a default option.
Georgia Protects Child Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation Through Child Abuse Definition, S.B. 69
Georgia's mandatory child abuse reporting law was expanded to help identify youth who are victims of commercial sexual exploitation, by redefining sexual exploitation as a form of child abuse, and recognizing sexual exploitation as child abuse regardless of who is exploiting the child.
The Georgia General Assembly shortened the maximum length of time that certain youth can be held in the state's Short-Term Program (STP) from 60 to 30 days. STP is a dispositional option that results in a short-term detention placement for youth. The aim of the legislation is to keep youth convicted of status offenses and low-level misdemeanors out of detention and to serve them more appropriately and effectively in the community.
Compilation of model discipline policies and programs from Chicago Public Schools; Clayton County, Georgia; and Baltimore School Police, as well as model legislation on suspensions from Connecticut. Compilation also includes examples of prevention, intervention and diversion programs.
2005 law shortens the maximum Short-Term Program (STP) stay from 90 to 60 days, and additionally narrows the offenses for which youth can be placed in the program, limiting it to youth convicted of felonies and "high and aggravated" misdemeanors. STP is a dispositional option that results in a short-term detention placement for youth.