House Bill 52 seems to be one of those compassionate conservative bills that is suppose to make moms feel better, but I’m a bit concerned.
The bill would amend O.C.G.A. Sec. 15-11-46.1 to prohibit the ability of judges to detain juveniles under 16 who are accused of crime. I’m familiar enough with crime activity in Georgia to know there are gang bangers under 16 who probably need to spend some time in juvee while awaiting trial. The troubling language in question adds this provision:
Interim control or detention shall not be imposed on an accused child under the age of 16; instead, the child shall be released immediately to the child´s parents, guardian, or other custodian upon such person’s promise to bring the child before the court when requested by the court.
Hey, I’ve got a better idea! Why don’t we let judges decide whether or not the 15 year old is a danger to himself or others and needs “interim control or detention.”