ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Attorney General candidate Greg Hecht introduced his plan for child safety throughout the state in downtown Albany Wednesday afternoon.
The number of Georgia children who have died after having contact with the Division of Family and Children Services has increased over the past 3 threes. Last year, 180 children died after state investigations. That's up from 152 in 2012 and 92 in 2011.
Hecht wants to establish a new Child Protection Unit within the state Department of Law to focus on what he calls a "child safety crisis." He says it's not just about penalizing those who abuse children, but also instituting plans to bring those children to safety.
"Children are being placed repeatedly in dangerous environments," Hecht said. "They are taking out of homes where there is drug abuse, alcohol abuse and family violence and there is a return of these children without resources directed at these problems."
Hecht says his plan would also reduce the number of child abuse related lawsuits the state has to deal with every year that cost taxpayers millions of dollars.
Hecht's plan includes developing a 15 person team to research cases, address cases quicker, and halt the a revolving door of Division of Family and Children Services directors.
Hecht is a Democrat challenging Republican Attorney General Sam Olens.