Isn’t it time Georgia looks for alternatives to how we treat our troubled youth?

Georgia currently spends about $200,000,000 locking up kids, most of whom have not committed violent offenses.  What results would we see if we tried out the Missouri model and used some of that money for programs located within local communities that actually provides counseling and rehabilitation

As the Project Manager of JUSTGeorgia, I hope to serve as a resource for you, sharing timely and important information about what’s going on in the juvenile justice and child welfare fields in Georgia and on the national front while at the same time, building a coalition of advocates committed to justice and safety for our children.

To that end, I read an editorial in last week’s New York Times titled “Juvenile Injustice” calling for a new way of delivering justice for kids, citing the Missouri model which calls for smaller regional facilities that focus on rehabilitation and keeping kids closer to home so parents and the community are involved in their rehabilitation.  The Missouri Model has received a lot of attention as a promising model of juvenile justice reform by reducing the costs of confinement and decreasing recidivism rates.  What do you think would be successful?  Let us know.

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