• Judge provides history of juvenile justice system to Kiwanis
By Linda Green

Juvenile Court Judge Britt Hammond makes presentation to the Kiwanis Club of Thomson. Photo by Linda Green.

The Kiwanis Club of Thomson learned the ins-and-outs of the juvenile justice system from Juvenile Court Judge Britt Hammond on Feb. 3.
Juvenile court is a specialized court that seeks to adjudicate issues involving minor children. Children and adolescents who commit a crime are treated differently from adults who have committed the same crime.
Hammond, a member of the Toombs Judicial Circuit since 2004, said juvenile court is an area unknown to many people. “It is unique within our court system,” and “is a uniquely American creation.”
The judge said the court began in Cook County, Ill., in 1899, and grew from helping the children of the large immigrant populations in big cities.
“The children, in a lot of cases, were orphaned or parts of street gangs and they were a major problem,” he said.

To read more on this story, see the Thurs., Feb. 13, edition of The McDuffie Progress.





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