Juvenile Justice has long been a hallmark of ICM’s advocacy efforts, highlighted by its resounding and successful efforts in 2013 to overhaul the Juvenile Justice Code. However, the work of justice for children continues, noting that Georgia is only one of three states in the nation, along with Texas and Wisconsin, that automatically prosecutes all 17 years old as adults for all crimes.
During the 2021 legislative session, ICM tracked and supported the latest iteration of the Raise the Age Bill, House Bill 272, expanding Juvenile Court jurisdiction to include 17-year-olds who have not committed serious crimes. Although House Bill 272 failed to reach the Senate floor for a vote, its movement through the legislature this year is by far the most progress it has made to date and the closest to becoming law.
Indeed, there is much work to be done and we need your help to ensure that kids are treated as kids. Our institutions must be held accountable to understanding the differences between children and adults. Stay engaged, learn, share, and reach out to decision and policy makers about this and other issues impacting the wellbeing of children in Georgia. Below you will find links to resources and fact sheets concerning Juvenile Justice.
JUVENILE JUSTICE ORGANIZATIONS
JUVENILE JUSTICE ARTICLES
“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”— NELSON MANDELA, FORMER PRESIDENT OF SOUTH AFRICA