Extra! Extra! Spring 2012
The Juvenile Justice System may be growing up this year
January 9 marked the beginning of the 2012 Georgia General Assembly. This congregation is a-buzz with new legislation. Teens around Atlanta should be tuned in to the juvenile code rewrite which features a long-awaited update to Georgia’s laws that govern minors (us) and is officially called the Child Protection and Public Safety Act. It covers everything from truancy and delinquency to child abuse and foster children. (VOX has been reporting on the Code rewrite for the last several years and created a compilation of youth voices called “Youth on Justice” which is available online for download at VoxTeenCommunications.org/JUSTGeorgia.aspx)
SB 127 in the state Senate (one of two bills proposed) is about the way that courts “revise, supersede, and modernize provisions relating to juvenile proceedings,” or, how minors are treated in the system. Advocates, like the JUSTGeorgia Coalition, argue that immense changes should be made across Georgia, which include “helping abused and neglected children transition from foster care to successful adulthood” and “prohibit[ing] using juvenile jails and prisons for children who have not committed a crime,” according to JUSTGeoriga.
This revision of the code was proposed and developed by the JUSTGeorgia Coalition in partnership with the Young Lawyers Division of the Georgia State Bar, and it is filled with a lot of updates. These revisions will not only affect teens, but anyone younger than 17.
SB 127 was passed unanimously by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Feb. 15 and is due before the Senate Rules Committee while VOX is at press. To stay up-to-date on the bill’s movements through the Georgia legislature, visit justgeorgia.org.
Teen awarded for being 5 millionth attendee at World of Coke
KoEun “Emma” Lee, a teenager from Duluth, become the 5 millionth person to visit Atlanta’s World of Coca-Cola over the MLK Jr. Day weekend. Lee is a senior at Johns Creek High School and was awarded a prize package that included a lifetime pass to the facility, a $500 credit for the Coca-Cola store and 50,000 MyCokeRewards points. Along with a balloon drop, delicious treats for Lee and all the guests at the attraction, the winner got a few pictures made with the famous Coca-Cola polar bear.
Chris Brown a big hit at Grammys
Chris Brown nabbed “Best R&B Album” at the 54th annual Grammy Awards and won over audiences with a stellar dance routine. However, the buzz isn’t around the star’s major comeback, but his notorious Team Breezy followers that helped make it possible. Following the Grammys, a number of Team Breezy fans posted tweets encouraging domestic abuse, like, “Chris Brown can beat me any day,” a nod to his physical assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009. The tweets have caused concern about some teen girls’ attitudes toward domestic violence.