Magazine article Corrections Forum

Ga. Could Lose U.S. Aid by Locking Up Too Many Status Offenders

Magazine article Corrections Forum

Ga. Could Lose U.S. Aid by Locking Up Too Many Status Offenders

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Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

Every week, Georgia locks up juveniles who've committed no crime. A study reported by the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange contends Georgia risks losing millions of dollars in federal funding if it continues doing so at the current rate. They are runaways, truants, curfew violators, underage smokers and drinkers-called status offenders because their actions are only an issue due to their status as juveniles; if an adult did the same thing, it wouldn't be a crime. A report for the Governor's Office for Children and Families warns that the practice could cost the state about $2 million a year in federal funding, particularly if Congress tightens guidelines for placing status offenders in secure detention. The report was written by Anthony Simones, a criminal justice professor at Dalton State College, and Sandra Stone, the school's vice president of academic affairs. …

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