Bibb County schools are changing the way they handle discipline. Many cases that now wind up in court will be handled at school. The changes are an effort to keep kids in the classroom and boost graduation rates.
The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice has named a new director of the Augusta Youth Development Campus, which has been at the center of several investigations involving its staff after the beating death of a 19-year-old. Officials introduced new director Ronald Brawner and two assistants during a recent news conference at the facility.
Georgia’s juvenile code rewrite is ready to be presented to lawmakers. Supporters of the new bill hope they will hold hearings on it during a special session in August, and vote on it in 2012. The 250-page document covers kids who are abused, commit crimes, or deemed unruly. It would replace the 40-year-old current code.