This is the year for juvenile justice reform in Georiga.
When we discipline children correctly, the fruits of those efforts will result in righteous living for years to come. “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it,” instructs Proverbs 22:6. Unfortunately, Georgia’s troubled juveniles have not been receiving discipline that puts them on the right path to lead crime-free lives as adults. Too often, Georgia severs parental control and sends low-risk kids to expensive locked facilities where they are exposed to youth who have committed far more serious offenses. It’s no surprise that fifty percent of youth sent to Georgia’s secure facilities end up in trouble again within three years of being released. These discouraging results come at a cost of $90,000 per bed.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE OVERVIEW
- 1 in 11 adults in the criminal justice system
- Taxpayer burden: $21,039 per prisoner per year
- Adults in prison: 54,004
- Adults in jail: 44,850
- Adults in probation: 515,896
- Adults on parole: 24,673
- Rate of juveniles (per 100,000) in residential placement: 184