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Georgia: Culminating seven years of effort by Georgia Appleseed and the JUSTGeorgia coalition, Gov. Nathan Deal signed Georgia’s new juvenile code (HB 242) into law.

Kansas: The Kansas legislature passed HB 2588, creating a presumption against incarceration for kids charged with low-level offenses; end the use of lockup to punish children in need of care; and require an evidence-based assessment of youth before they can be ordered into the custody of the Department of Corrections.

Hawaii: HB 2116 eliminated life without parole for juveniles.