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Ga. at risk for locking up runaways, truants

Ga. at risk for locking up runaways, truants
January 13, 2012 --

They are runaways, truants, curfew violators, underage smokers and drinkers. They’re 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. Now, a report commissioned by the Governor’s Office for Children and Families warns that Georgia could lose $2 million a year in federal funding if it continues locking them up at current rates.

Linda Schrenko wants her money (and her health) back

Linda Schrenko wants her money (and her health) back
December 15, 2011 --

Dec. 15, 2011 — Linda Schrenko, Georgia’s disgraced ex-school superintendent, says the feds owe her $195,000 taken as partial restitution for the money she stole from deaf kids. The Justice Department took the money in an illegal garnishment of her $4,500 monthly pension, said her attorney, former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr. Schrenko also complains that inadequate medical care in prison for her sleep apnea has left her in “a severely debilitated state of health.”

Ga. settles suit, pledges to fix community-based mental health care

Ga. settles suit, pledges to fix community-based mental health care
October 19, 2010 --

Georgia today agreed to expand community care to keep thousands of people with mental illness out of its substandard, and sometimes deadly, psychiatric hospitals. The agreement settles a 3-year-old lawsuit brought by the Justice Department after my pals Andy Miller (left) and Alan Judd at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution rolled out a shocking series of stories about the state’s failures in mental health care.

Aug. 24

August 24, 2010 --

Judge rejects Troy Davis’ innocence claim Columbus police: $200K+ funneled through Parks & Rec officials’ account Vogtle’s price-inflation provision criticized Lawsuit alleges racial profiling by Cobb police City workers racking up unpaid parking tickets Justice Department OKs Georgia voter verification system ATL tries to fix code enforcement office hit by audit

Election Board’s full steam ahead on citizenship checks for new voters

Election Board's full steam ahead on citizenship checks for new voters
December 10, 2009 --

Once again, Georgia is about to require that new voters prove their citizenship before casting a ballot. The State Election Board voted 3-1 today to approve a process for citizenship checks, which were mandated by the Georgia Legislature this year. Board member David Worley tried unsuccessfully to amend the new rules, or table them for further refinement, based on objections raised by immigrant and minority groups.

Handel preparing new rules for voters to prove citizenship

Handel preparing new rules for voters to prove citizenship
December 3, 2009 --

The State Election Board may put the final touches next week on Georgia’s drive to require proof of citizenship when residents register to vote. The Justice Department last spring rejected Secretary of State Karen Handel‘s effort to purge non-citizens from the voting rolls as inaccurate and racially discriminatory. The board will vote Dec. 10 on new rules, subject to federal approval, outlining acceptable proof of citizenship and creating an appeal process.

ATL to pay $13M to fix 1,500 disability flaws at city buildings

ATL to pay $13M to fix 1,500 disability flaws at city buildings
July 20, 2009 --

Attending an event at the Atlanta Civic Center? If you’re in a wheelchair, here are a few tips to make your visit more enjoyable:
— Watch out where you park.
— Buy a seat on the ground floor if you want to see the show.
— Good luck with the bathrooms.
Here’s why…

GOP election officials go toe-to-toe on citizen checks

GOP election officials go toe-to-toe on citizen checks
June 5, 2009 --

Republicans on the State Election Board waded into a virtual GOP smackdown this week as they argued over Georgia’s controversial citizenship checks for potential voters. At issue: Justice Department findings, reported this week, that African-Americans were 60 percent more likely than whites to be flagged by the state’s citizen-verification process, which it described as “error-laden.” […]