Republican Rep. Wendell Willard of Sandy Springs said Wednesday the goal was to move Georgia's code into conformity with federal standards and focus on treatment juvenile offenders in their communities, not incarcerating them. The overhaul bill passed 172-0.
Georgia’s juvenile code is one step closer to being re-written into law. State lawmakers passed the revised bill. Now it moves forward to the powerful Rules Committee to decide if the bill goes to the House floor for a vote. The House Judiciary Civil Committee heard impassioned testimony to update the state’s 40 year old juvenile code.