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The Mental Health Association of Georgia says:

45% of incarcerated children have been diagnosed as having attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
55% of incarcerated children have clinical depression.
about 60% of children in the system abuse drugs and/or alcohol.
an overwhelming number of the children locked up are poor.

Georgia's youth prisons provide little or no clinical help for children with mental problems

Of 32 juvenile facilities, only 1 has an accredited school.

With a budget of over $250 million, the Department of Juvenile Justice has a repeat offender rate of almost 80%. Community-based programs are more effective at 1/3 the cost.

After a 1998 U.S. Department of Justice report termed Georgia's juvenile justice system "egregious" and mandated $68 million for its improvement, the State of Georgia's response was to build 5 more prisons!


The Georgia Alliance for Children wants Governor Sonny Perdue and the State Legislature to:

1. Place greater emphasis on community-based prevention and correctional strategies by redirecting $50 million of the Department of Juvenile Justice's $250 million budget towards community programming. The $50 million should be taken from what the DJJ plans to spend on correctional facilities.

2. Create a formula for distributing the $50 million among Georgia's 159 counties based on how effective each county is in reducing the number of youth sent to state facilities.

3. Open juvenile court hearings for criminal cases to the public as part of the creation of a Court Watch Program intended to monitor the treatment of juveniles in state court.

4. Make bail available to juveniles as part of their constitutionally granted "due process." This will immediately and greatly reduce the dangerous overcrowding in short-term facilities that detain youth waiting to be sentenced by the court.

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