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.
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.”
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.” […]