2010 Georgia Code
TITLE 15 - COURTS
CHAPTER 11 - JUVENILE PROCEEDINGS
ARTICLE 1 - JUVENILE PROCEEDINGS
PART 5 - ARREST AND DETENTION
§ 15-11-46.1 - When interim control or detention of accused children permitted
. When interim control or detention of accused children permitted
(a) As a matter of public policy, restraints on the freedom of accused children prior to adjudication shall be imposed only when there is probable cause to believe that the accused child did the act of which he or she is accused and there is clear and convincing evidence that the child's freedom should be restrained.
(b) The imposition of interim control or detention on an accused child may be considered for the purposes of:
(1) Protecting the jurisdiction and process of the court;
(2) Reducing the likelihood that the child may inflict serious bodily harm on others during the interim period; or
(3) Protecting the accused child from imminent bodily harm upon his or her request.
(c) Interim control or detention shall not be imposed on an accused child:
(1) To punish, treat, or rehabilitate the child;
(2) To allow parents to avoid their legal responsibilities;
(3) To satisfy demands by a victim, the police, or the community;
(4) To permit more convenient administrative access to the child; or
(5) To facilitate further interrogation or investigation.
(d) Whenever an accused child cannot be unconditionally released, conditional or supervised release that results in the least necessary interference with the liberty of the child shall be favored over more intrusive alternatives.
(e) Whenever the interim curtailment of an accused child's freedom is permitted under this Code section, the exercise of authority shall reflect the following values:
(1) Respect for the privacy, dignity, and individuality of the accused child and his or her family;
(2) Protection of the psychological and physical health of the child;
(3) Tolerance of the diverse values and preferences among different groups and individuals;
(4) Assurance of equality of treatment by race, class, ethnicity, and sex;
(5) Avoidance of regimentation and depersonalization of the child;
(6) Avoidance of stigmatization of the child; and
(7) Assurance that the child has been informed of his or her right to consult with an attorney and that if the child cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided.
Graham Syfert - Jacksonville Lawyer