Action: Call your representative and ask them to vote NO on House Bill 116.
What: HB 116 expands the list of offenses for which a juvenile can face charges in adult criminal court. This would make it easier for people under the age of 17 to be tried outside of the juvenile system—losing access to critical resources—and could lead to more young people in Georgia facing harsh sentences.
Message: Hello Representative _______, Please vote NO on HB 116. The provisions of this bill would increase the number of children under the age 17 facing charges in adult criminal court. Young people should be tried as juveniles, not as adults. Studies have shown that trying and sentencing juveniles in adult criminal court leads to harsher sentences and a higher likelihood of re-offending, ultimately decreasing public safety. In conclusion, I oppose and ask you to oppose HB 116. Thank you for your time and your service.
How: Look up your state representative by entering your address here. Click on their names to find their phone numbers and email addresses. We recommend making a phone call and sending an email with the text above to follow up.
Why: Read more about why charging juveniles in criminal court makes them more likely to receive longer sentences and re-offend here.
Please call and email TODAY!
Georgia Justice Project