Thanks 9,000 Visitors, We Will Make a Difference

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Leonard Witt

Today the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange,, broke the 9,000 unique visitor per month mark and we have had more than 20,000 page views for the month. Each weekday nearly 500 visitors come to the site with more than 800 page views. Of those, about 40 percent are coming from Georgia.

Remember we are a small niche news operation, but this rapid growth in numbers tells me we are on to something important. Youth Today, the nationally distributed newspaper focusing on children's issues, agrees, writing last week:

Speaking of the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange: If we haven’t mentioned it before, kudos to the Center for Sustainable Journalism, housed at Georgia’s Kennesaw State University, for starting the project. The content is Georgia-centric, for obvious reasons, but JJIE is already putting out good discussion pieces on national juvenile justice issues. Very happy to have some journalism colleagues focused on juvenile justice.

And closer to home GaPolitico wrote:

I got a tip from someone connected to the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange. It is a great resource for dealing with Justice to those Children who are unfortunately caught up in our legal system.

What can you do to help? The easiest thing is to sign up for our newsletter on the home page, and also to "Like" us on our JJIEga Facebook page. Those two acts will help us build a community and to spread our stories far and wide.

Together we can produce positive change. Thanks.

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Georgia Seclusion Room Suicide Case

The Supreme Court refused to hear the case of a Georgia boy who committed suicide while in seclusion at a special education center in Gainesville.

The high court rejected an appeal from Donald and Tina King who sued the Pioneer Regional Educational Service Agency.

Their 13-year-old son Jonathan was part of the Alpine Program, an educational service for kids with autism and kids with severe emotional and behavioral problems.  He was placed in seclusion at the school for hours and killed himself in the seclusion room. The King family accused the school of violating his civil rights by failing to protect him from taking his own life.

Georgia courts denied the Kings’ case because couldn’t prove that school staff deliberately neglected their son, according to a LexisNexis case briefing.

As JJIE reported this summer, Jonathan King’s suicide lead the State School Board to ban the use of seclusion rooms and limit the use of prone restraint and drugs to manage the behavior of children with emotional and behavioral problems.