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Criminal justice reform group to hold last meeting

Scales of Justice
Posted at 1:32 PM, Dec 13, 2012

FORSYTH, Ga. (AP) - A committee appointed by Georgia's governor to study criminal justice reform has voted to approve recommendations to be given to the governor.

The Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform held its final meeting Thursday. Members discussed changes to a draft report detailing recommendations and voted to submit the amended report to the governor.

The draft report was not made public, but committee members said their work focused on better handling of low-risk juvenile offenders by giving judges greater discretion to deal with them in the community rather than locking them up. The final report is expected to be made public next week.

The council last year made recommendations to state lawmakers for this year's reform of the adult criminal justice system. It focused this year on the juvenile justice system.