2 Minute Advocacy Ask: Support Georgia’s Juvenile Justice System

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The “Ask”:  
Call members of the House and Senate (listed below) Appropriations Conference Committee and ask them to: 
the ask1. Support raises for Juvenile Court Judges, and 
2. Add funding for 28 public defenders for juvenile court in the FY 2018 budget so that there is true parity with prosecutors in juvenile court.
The Why: 
 
Georgia has set the standard among states for how to protect public safety by reducing recidivism and pursuing better lifelong outcomes for young offenders. 
We need to support experienced and specialized juvenile court judges who work to determine and improve futures for countless children both in situations of abuse and the whyneglect as well as for children who misbehave.
Additionally, the need for dedicated, specialized representation for children in juvenile court is not only developmentally appropriate policy, but with the passage of the new juvenile code in 2013, it is now required by state law. The Georgia Public Defenders Council currently do not receive enough state funds for juvenile defense work, despite being charged by statute with representing all delinquency cases in juvenile court. Such funding is crucial to continue our record of meaningful juvenile justice reform in Georgia.
The Message:  

“Hi – My name is ___________.  Please support the governor’s request for pay raises for judges the messageserving Georgia’s juvenile courts, and also please add funding for juvenile public defenders when the FY 2018 budget comes before you.  Such funding is crucial to continue our record of meaningful juvenile justice reform across the state.  Thank you for your service and for your leadership for the children of Georgia.”
The How:  

Click below to contact House Appropriations Chairman Terry England and Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Hill, and call or email them with the message above.

the how>>> HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS  Chairman Terry England  –   404-463-2247

>>> SENATE APPROPRIATIONS  Chairman Jack Hill  –   404-463-2518
 

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