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.

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.

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.

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...

Fewer youths return to crime

...McDevitt, the president of the Atlanta-based Georgia Alliance for Children. "It defies logic that kids go to the Georgia juvenile justice system, and it's such a great system that none of them end up in adult prison. "If that's right...

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New judge is named to Juvenile Court

...were already serving as the Juvenile Court judges in Richmond, Columbia and Burke counties, respectively. In Georgia, Juvenile Court judges have the authority to decide where children should live after their parents are accused of abuse or...

Lawmaker seeks change in Georgia juvenile code

ATLANTA - If a child takes a weapon to school in Georgia, he can be incarcerated for up to five years. If that same child commits murder, the sentence might be closer to four years.

States keep courts closed

...him accountable to his community, and it could do the same in other counties, he said. But everywhere else in Georgia, juvenile court judges are appointed to four-year terms. The Superior Court judges decide whom to appoint, and once the...

YDC in crisis

...incidents between boys at YDC, called for a federal takeover of the campus. Unfortunately, that didn't happen, but Georgia Juvenile Justice Commissioner Orlando Martinez is finally doing something in hopes of straightening up the mess: privatizing...

Youth detention center to be privatized

Georgia Juvenile Justice Commissioner Orlando Martinez has decided to privatize the Augusta Youth Development Campus, turning it over to the company...