GA juvenile justice system offers new programs for nonviolent offenders

(WTVM) - A new law which overhauls the Georgia juvenile system is now in effect.

The changes are designed to steer more nonviolent offenders into community-based programs, rather than jail or prison.

The re-design places a greater emphasis on access to drug treatment and mental health counseling.

Some residential programs would still involve confinement but differ from adult short-term jails and long-term prisons.

Copyright 2013 WTVM. All rights reserved.