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Mon June 10, 2013

Co-Sponsor Says Juvenile Justice Secrecy Bill May Be Changed After Federal Sex Assault Report

State Sen. Jason Carter (D-Atlanta)
Credit Georgia General Assembly

  Last week, Georgia Juvenile Justice Commissioner Avery Miles ordered a review by a state advisory committee, after a new Federal survey found Georgia had one of the nation's highest rates of sexual victimization of young people in state juvenile detention centers.

The report came just months after the State Senate passed SB 69, which was pushed by the Department of Juvenile Justice.  It would keep reports of abuse or wrongdoing from being disclosed to the public.  The bill passed the Senate unanimously, and is now in the House, which could take it up next year.

The bill, which provides an exception to the state's Open Records law, had co-sponsors from both parties.  One of them, Atlanta Democratic Senator Jason Carter, told WABE's Denis O'Hayer the new Federal survey of sexual victimization of juvenile offenders will now change the course of the secrecy bill.

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