Yesterday morning, Governor Nathan Deal signed into law Senate Bill 367, the 2016 legislation resulting from the work of the Council on Criminal Justice Reform as laid out in their report here.
Among many other good things,
the bill includes:
- Restrictions on secure detention for youth 13-years old or under (except for those charged with the most serious offenses)
- Requirements for schools to use progressive discipline before filing a complaint
- Measures to improve procedural fairness in school tribunals and a requirement for local boards of education and School Resource Officers (SROs) working in schools to enter a collaborative memorandum of understanding clarifying roles and the differences between delinquent and disciplinary conduct.
Check out this full summary of all the juvenile justice provisions in SB 367.
Please also head over to Governor Deal's website and send him a quick thank you for his support of this law and for his ongoing support of meaningful juvenile justice reform.