A special council is recommending that Georgia's juvenile justice system use its out-of-home facilities for the most serious offenders and strengthen community programs to reduce recidivism. A report with recommendations from the Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform was made public Tuesday.
A special juvenile justice council appointed by the Governor met Tuesday to review new data on young criminal offenders. It shows that underage Georgians who are locked up for breaking the law often commit another crime later.
After months of debate, the proposal to overhaul Georgia's criminal justice system is headed to a vote in the state House, perhaps as early as Wednesday. The legislation, which aims to balance public safety with more cost-effective ways to deal with the state's non-violent offenders, quickly cleared the joint legislative panel on the issue on Tuesday.