A bill that advocates say would revolutionize how Georgia punishes juvenile offenders unanimously passed the state House Thursday. The measure would allow the state to take a more humane approach while also reducing incarceration costs.
Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Carol Hunstein will give her fourth and final State of the Judiciary Address Thursday morning. A major highlight of her speech will be juvenile justice reform, a main point of concern for the Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform, on which Hunstein serves.
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.
The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice commissioner has fired the principal of the school at the juvenile detention center in Augusta. Brenda James-Ford's firing Thursday comes on the heels of the dismissal of a correctional lieutenant at the Augusta Youth Development Campus and the suspension with pay of the facility's interim director on Wednesday.
Juvenile justice officials say they're stepping up security after an inmate at a juvenile detention center in Augusta was injured during a fight and hospitalized. Authorities say the fight happened around 6:55 p.m. Sunday. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is probing the incident at the Augusta Youth Development Campus.
The director of a juvenile detention facility in Augusta has submitted his resignation. Meanwhile, the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation continue to probe an escape by five youths earlier this month from the Augusta Youth Development Campus.
Georgia's Department of Juvenile Justice board members have unanimously elected an interim commissioner. The department has announced Thursday that Avery Niles was named as the interim. Niles will resign from the state's juvenile justice board, effective Oct. 31.
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.