Greater protections coming for children

...Jan. 1, the new law requires Georgia juvenile courts to appoint an attorney...guaranteed an attorney in most Georgia juvenile courts. An attorney represents...the other changes coming in Georgia juvenile courts with the new overhaul...

Scope of Georgia Juvenile Justice abuse claim widens

The number of unresolved sex abuse investigations at Georgia's juvenile detention centers goes far beyond the 20 cases that led to the suspensions of 18 investigators and their supervisor.

Ga. suspends 19 juvenile justice workers, supervisor

...of professional behavior," he said.The results of the 2012 National Survey of Youth in Custody included four Georgia juvenile detention centers among a list of 13 with the highest rates of alleged sexual misconduct nationally. The data...

Georgia juvenile justice reform clears hurdle

The latest proposal is intended to place nonviolent youth offenders into community based programs that treat root causes of criminal behavior rather than putting perpetrators behind bars.

Juvenile justice official angered by coverage of 'state secrets' bill

ATLANTA - Emails show that a Georgia juvenile justice official was angered by a writer's coverage of a bill that would keep some reports of problems in juvenile lockups secret...

Feds end monitoring of Georgia Juvenile Justice spending

The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice has satisfied federal auditors that it no longer requires intensive monitoring, members of the state agency's board learned Thursday.

Augusta Youth Development Campus deals with triumphs, death

...She had been an educator for 26 years."She touched the lives of many young people in the Augusta area and the Georgia Juvenile Justice system," Shuler said.At the campus, she taught language arts and ran the Mock Trial Team."The young...

Council offers idea to improve Ga. juvenile justice system

A special council is recommending Georgia's juvenile justice system save its out-of-home facilities for the most serious offenders and strengthen community programs to reduce recidivism.

Augusta YDC ranks high in misconduct, altercations

This year, the Augusta Youth Development Campus ranked second among Georgia juvenile justice facilities in employee misconduct, contraband and youth-on-staff altercations.

Judge suspends teen's jail term

...suspended the remainder of Amber Rose Lever's one-year jail term. She will be released from a Sandersville, Ga., juvenile detention facility Thursday.Lever, 16, was driving a friend's Mercury Mountaineer on May 26 when she veered...