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STATE-SPONSORED CHILD ABUSE:
REFORMING GEORGIA'S JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM



The Problem: According to a 1998 U.S. Department of Justice report and Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice records, 75% of the children locked up in juvenile jails across the state are being held for non-violent offenses. Although African Americans constitute less than 25% of the state's population, 65% of the kids locked up are African American males. The schools in Georgia's youth jails aren't accredited, so the young, school-age inmates continue to fall behind academically. Worst yet, while confined, these children are subjected to physical abuse, rape and other mistreatment that the federal government has called egregious and unconstitutional.

This has got to stop!


Did you know... ?

On any given day, over 2,500 children are locked up in Georgia.

75% (over 1,900) are African Americans.

Most are jailed for non-violent crimes like shoplifting, breaking windows, running away from home and truancy.

The availability of bail for juveniles is the law in the state of Georgia, but parents of detained children are not made aware of this. This leads to unnecessary incarceration and overcrowding of juvenile facilities.

Overcrowded jails can't be managed properly and are dangerous to the kids and guards.

The mixing of non-violent offenders with violent offenders leads to physical abuse and rape. For example, in 1999 there were:

over 4,600 reports of "inmate on inmate" assaults.
over 540 reports of "staff on inmate" assaults.
over 180 reports of attempted suicides.
over 175 reports of sexual assaults.

And we believe these numbers are under-reported!

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