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.