Quantavius Poole was a school brawler, a drug dealer, and he was facing five years in juvenile detention.
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Activity is accelerating in the General Assembly with the approach of Crossover Day, the 30th day of the 40-day legislative session. To have a legitimate chance of passing, legislation typically needs to clear at least one chamber by that day, which will be Thursday.
A key bill now before the Senate — after gaining House passage — would overhaul Georgia’s juvenile justice system. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has chronicled the problems plaguing the system for years. In a series of articles last year, the newspaper exposed the system’s struggles with inadequate staffing, violent conditions and children locked behind bars for relatively minor offenses. The AJC will continue to closely follow how Georgia punishes its youngest criminals.