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Judge, attorney named to council

ATLANTA — Clayton County Juvenile Court Chief Judge Steven Teske and Chief Public Defender Christine Van Dross have been appointed to a council that will address criminal justice reform.

The four-year appointments were made by Gov. Deal to the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice, a committee that was created by House Bill 349.

Last year, Deal created by executive order a Criminal Justice Reform Council for the limited purpose of making recommendations to reform the juvenile justice system. He appointed Teske May 2012 and the council submitted their recommendations in December. Many of the recommendations were accepted by Deal, placed into HB 242 and unanimously passed by both the House and the Senate.

Unlike last year's council, this council is created by law and will function indefinitely, said Teske.

According to Deal's executive order, the council was created for the purpose of conducting periodic comprehensive reviews of criminal laws, criminal procedure, sentencing laws, adult correctional issues, juvenile justice issues, enhancement of probation and parole supervision, better management of the prison population and of the population in the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice, and other issues related to criminal proceedings and accountability courts.