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Town Hall Tonight In Augusta To Discuss Changes In Juvenile Justice Law

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Today, the Georgia Commissioner for the Department of Juvenile Justice will be talking with parents in Augusta, and he wants you to attend.

Commissioner Avery Niles, will be talking about the new law that will be implemented starting next year.  GA State Senator Hardie Davis says he wants parents and their children to be aware of the consequences, should they start to go down the wrong path, or are already on their way.  He wants this to be a wakeup call so that families can help their teens make better choices.  One of the main things about the new bill is that the penalty portion of it will be more family-centered as far as the rehabilitation is concerned, knowing that keeping that bond can help provide a better outcome once the individual is released.

"The goal now is to try to keep families intact as opposed to taking folks and swiftly moving them off and incarcerating them," said St. Sen. Hardie Davis (D) – Augusta.  "The goal is try to keep those families intact, keep the children with their families particularly in those cases where there have been offenses committed.  We're looking for every way to intervene at early stages so that we don't make them hardened criminals."

"They'll be able to get a fresh idea of, 'Here's what the law says about things I know people have done or things that I may have even been considering myself, I'll understand what the impact could potentially be to me as an individual, and then maybe even my friends,' " explained St. Sen. Davis.

The town hall will be held tonight at the Augusta-Richmond County Library, located on Telfair Street.  It starts at 6pm. 

Those on the panel include Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree, District Attorney Ashley Wright, Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice Commissioner Avery Niles, Mayor Deke Copenhaver, Judges Doug Flanagan and Pam Doumar.

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