Zell Miller on Families & Children
Minimum mandatory jail sentences for family violence
Governor Zell Miller today proposed legislation that would require minimum mandatory jail sentences for acts of family violence. “Violence in the home between spouses, or parents and their children is a growing problem,” Governor Miller
said. “Such acts destroy families and contribute to problems like teen pregnancy, gangs, school dropouts and drug use.” Governor Miller’s proposed Crimes Against Family Members Act of 1997 will include the following:
Source: Press Release, “Family Violence”
Dec 23, 1997
- A new aggravated misdemeanor
crime titled “family violence assault” will be established, carrying a minimum mandatory jail sentence of five days in jail for the first conviction, 15 days in jail for the second and 60 days in jail for the third.
- A new “family violence
aggravated assault” felony crime with imprisonment from three to 20 years will be established.
- Harsher penalties for “family violence battery” crimes will be mandated.
Enforce child support with criminal prosecution
The state of Georgia has cracked down on deadbeat parents, and cracked down hard. In Georgia, we believe that fathers and mothers who refuse to honor their moral and legal obligation to provide for their children are criminals-and we are treating
them like criminals.
Source: Remarks at Bill Signings
May 5, 1997
- We have circulated “MOST WANTED” posters statewide.
- We require Georgia employers to report all new employees in order to screen for child support owed their children.
- Lottery winnings of parents who are behind in child
support payments are intercepted and sent to their children.
- Georgia is one of the first states to privatize child support collections by contracting with a collection agency to handle difficult cases.
- We have made child support a condition of
getting out of jail on parole.
- We have the power to suspend drivers licenses and professional licenses of deadbeat parents.
- Since 1991, these efforts have enabled us to collect a record $1.5 BILLION in child support.
For juvenile crime, nothing helps like good parenting
[A Harris Poll of] 2,500 middle and high school students found that 15% had personally carried a handgun at some point during the prior 30 days. 9% had shot a gun at another person. And 39% knew somebody personally who had been injured or killed by
gunfire. We hear tragic stories nearly every week, not just in Atlanta, but also in rural communities around the state. The stories and the statistics are not only unbelievable, they are also morally unacceptable. This is not just a city problem. It is
not just a rural problem. It is not a black problem it is not a white problem. This is a Georgia problem. And it’s a very big one. I want to do several things that I think will help...but let me say this: right up front! nothing will help as much as
parents doing what parents are supposed to do: instill some values and some discipline and some tough-love at home. Parents have got to spend more time with their children. Nothing can take the place of that, not school, not church, nothing!
Source: Speech in Augusta, “Youth Violence”
Oct 25, 1993
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Miller scores 100% by the Christian Coalition on family issues
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