Georgia is trying to give young criminal offenders an advantage as they seek to enter the workforce. Those convicted of juvenile offenses frequently face hurdles when looking for a job. That can be discouraging and can lead them to become repeat offenders.
The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded DeKalb County more than $859,000 in grants to help juvenile offenders re-enter the workforce. Officials say Face Forward grants were awarded to 28 community-based organizations across the country, including youth programs run by the DeKalb County government.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is expected to sign into law a sweeping overhaul of the state's juvenile justice system. The regulations are aimed at reducing the number of repeat juvenile offenders and the costs associated with them.
The Governor’s Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform is recommending Georgia establish a two tiered system for felonies committed by juveniles younger than 17. The recommendations now head to the General Assembly.