FAIR TREATMENT

 

Juvenile Justice reform in Georgia reduced incarceration of children younger than 17 by 46% since 2014.

 

On average, 15,000 students in K through 3rd grade are suspended each year in Georgia.

 

In 2017, corporal punishment was used more than 7,200 times on more than 4,600 students.

Why It Matters

It costs taxpayers $90,000 to detain a child in juvenile detention for a year.

The health and welfare of Georgia’s at-risk children depend on their staying in school and out of court. Over the last 5 years, Georgia has seen a 46% decrease in youth incarceration, thanks to effective evidence-based therapies that are helping many court-involved children avoid future criminal misbehavior. Having successfully advocating for a long-overdue update of Georgia’s juvenile code, we are now taking a proactive approach to keep kids out of the juvenile justice system altogether.

Where Georgia Stands

5

of juvenile arrests are for violent crimes

46

reduction in overall commitments to the Department of Juvenile Justice since 2013

1,361

schools in Georgia are trained in Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports

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