These are adult crimes; they deserve adult treatment. That is why I will introduce legislation to require that those between the ages of 13 and 17 who commit certain violent crimes such as rape, murder and aggravated assault, be tried and prosecuted in superior court not juvenile court.
Right now, judges and prosecutors have only the discretion to try such crimes in an adult court. And if these youthful offenders are convicted, I will propose they be given an adult sentence in a special youth facility run by the Department of Corrections. These are tough measures but these are tough times.
Last year, Miller won passage of a new and exact sentencing tool that meant what it said: life without parole, enabling Georgia judges and juries for the first time to sentence someone to life in prison with no chance for parole. This change is now putting away forever some of the worst murderers in the state. An additional 5,800 prison beds and more than 1,500 boot camp beds have come on line since the beginning of Governor Miller’s administration, and both the boot camp initiative and the prison building program made it possible for Governor Miller to end Georgia’s early release program.
Title: To provide Federal assistance to States and local jurisdictions to prosecute hate crimes.
Summary: Provide technical, forensic, prosecutorial, or other assistance in the criminal investigation or prosecution of any violent crime that is motivated by prejudice based on the race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability of the victim or is a violation of hate crime laws.
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