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Georgia may start prosecuting 17-year-olds as juveniles instead of adults

Georgia may start prosecuting 17-year-olds as juveniles instead of adults

The Georgia House of Representatives has passed House Bill 272, sponsored by House Juvenile Justice Chairwoman Rep. Mandi Ballinger. This bill, which is now headed to the Georgia Senate, seeks to bring the majority of 17-year-old alleged offenders under the purview of juvenile court -- a policy change long sought by juvenile justice reform advocates, legislators, parents and, of course, teenagers. Alleged offenders of violent crimes like murder and rape would remain in adult court. Currently, Georgia is one of only three states, along with Texas and Wisconsin, that continue to consider all 17-year-olds as adults in the criminal justice system.  Such youth in…
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