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Ga. could become “asylum state” for juvenile delinquents


Georgia is set to become the go-to state for delinquent juveniles trying to escape the system, the Kennesaw-based Juvenile Justice Information Exchange reports. If legislation is not passed in this session of the General Assembly, Georgia will become the only state without pending legislation to enact the new Interstate Compact for Juveniles (ICJ), an agreement that allows for the transfer of delinquent juveniles and runaways between states.

The potential implications are enormous.  Without an agreement with other states, Georgia will have no mechanism for sending delinquent kids from other states back home or for registering teen sex offenders who cross the border into Georgia, according to Rick Masters, general counsel for the Interstate Commission for Juveniles, in Lexington, Ky., the governing body of the ICJ.

If Georgia’s association with the compact is allowed to expire June 30, Masters said, Georgia could become a “dumping ground for out-of-state delinquent juveniles.” And that includes teens who have committed acts that “would be classified as violent crimes and sex offenses if they were committed by an adult,” he said.

Read the full story at the website of the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, a project of the Center for Sustainable Journalism at Kennesaw State University.





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