May 2016

Shackling of Juveniles

State legislatures and courts across the country also are re-examining the practice of placing juveniles in solitary confinement and shackling youth during court appearances without first assessing each juvenile's individual behavior.

On January 26, 2016, President Obama announced a ban on solitary confinement for juvenile offenders in the federal prison system. 

For more on shackling of juveniles, go here.

Georgia's Drug Courts model for Thailand

The work of Georgia’s drug courts and of the Criminal Justice Reform Council was recently on display in Thailand, thanks to a collaboration between the Administrative Office of the Courts and the U.S. State Department, Bureau of International Law Enforcement and Narcotics.

Parental Accountability Courts Growing in Georgia

Georgia’s Parental Accountability Court (PAC) program is growing!  During the 2016 session of the General Assembly, the Judicial Council included funding for ten new Parental Accountability Courts in its 2017 budget request.  Judge Brian Amero, Chair of the PAC subcommittee of the Council of Accountability Court Judges, testified before the House Budget Committee, and the legislature approved the funding request.  The Judicial Council was originally asked for 30 additional PACs, and after discussion determined that it would spread that funding request out over three years.


• On April 18, Judge Gabe Cliett was sworn in as Chief Magistrate of Candler to fill the unexpired term left vacant by the resignation of Judge Brent Carter.


• On April 28, Gov. Nathan Deal administered the oath of office to three superior court judges and one state court judge.


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