Forum to focus on teen legal awareness

Forum to focus on teen legal awareness

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Augusta teens will have the chance this week to ask a panel of law enforcement officials questions about legal topics ranging from felonies to fake IDs to teen sex and the law.

The forum, hosted by Georgia Juvenile Justice Commissioner Avery D. Niles, are designed to challenge students statewide with the question, "Do you know the law?"

Niles started promoting the series earlier this summer with his visits to Gainesville, Lula and Albany to promote teen legal awareness.

The forums focus on educating teen audiences about the law through candid conversations with local police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors and judges.

"Our goal is to draw out any young people at-risk, get them involved, discuss these issues and get them informed," Niles said. "These face-to-face forums are a proven format for reaching out to those at-risk youth in our communities.  It's so much simpler to have these conversations with our young people now, before the criminal life can find them."

The Augusta forum is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at the Augusta Library at 823 Telfair St. It is open to the public.

The meeting will also update the community and government leaders about the significant restructuring of Georgia's juvenile justice system beginning this January.

Several Augusta-Richmond leaders, including State Sen. Hardie Davis, Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree, Juvenile Court Judge Douglas Flanagan and Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver will be at the forum.

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