House Passes Time-Served Bill for Juvenile Offenders

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Children who are locked up in detention centers while waiting for court dates may get credit for time served under a bill that has passed in the Georgia House.  HB 1144 would require the state to treat juvenile offenders the same way it treats adults.

Sponsors call it a "fairness issue as well as a budget issue".  If it passes in the Senate, the plan will free up beds in the juvenile justice system, and allow the state to cut some costs.

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