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JUSTGeorgia: Jones Day Atlanta Making the Case for a New Georgia Juvenile Code

Client(s) Georgia Appleseed

Between June 2007 and April 2008, Jones Day Atlanta attorneys conducted more than three dozen interviews of "stakeholders" and other interested persons involved in the Seventh Judicial District juvenile justice system. Jones Day's efforts in the Seventh District, along with similar efforts by other firms in Georgia's additional nine judicial districts, sought to guide a much-needed effort to replace Georgia's outdated juvenile code with new legislation that will better serve the public safety and child welfare goals of the State of Georgia. Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice published the results in November 2008.

JUSTGeorgia is a joint project initiated by Georgia Appleseed, Voices for Georgia's Children, and the Barton Child Law and Policy Clinic of Emory Law School. With Jones Day's assistance on this project, JUSTGeorgia objective is to secure passage of a new juvenile code during the 2009-10 session of the Georgia General Assembly.

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