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October 15, 2007

Albany--  State child advocates say Georgia's juvenile justice system is in severe need of overhaul. They're traveling across the state to get input on how to improve it.

The current state juvenile code has been in effect since 1971. The JUSTGeorgia Coalition says it needs to be rewritten. They're holding town hall meetings in ten different parts of the state to get input on the system.

Everyone from judges to citizens can tell the coalition what they think is working and not working.

"A recurring theme or thought that I think we've heard in all four towns was that there needs to be more coordination amongst all the child serving organizations and state agencies from the schools on up to the Department of Juvenile Justice," said Marc Marton with Voices for Georgia's Children.

The goal of the meetings is to compile a legislative package with the goal of presenting a bill to the General Assembly in 2009. The next town hall meeting will be held in Columbus.

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