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.

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...

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...

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...

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.

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.