Last week’s US Supreme Court ruling making unconstitutional the sentence of life without the chance of parole for youth in non-homicide cases gives those of us working on juvenile justice reform here in Georgia hope.  The Supreme Court has once again found that children are different from adults and thus should be treated differently when they get into trouble with the law. Research shows that community-based interventions are more effective than detention for most youth who get into trouble.  See today’s Atlanta Journal Constitution for an opinion piece that my colleague Beth Locker and I authored applauding the Supreme Court’s ruling and remaining hopeful that Georgia’s juvenile code reform effort will come to be and ultimately provide better outcomes for our children and families.

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