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When the full force of the justice system gets behind the resolution of public safety issues, population level change occurs. High visibility enforcement and court practices are essential to mobilizing for measurable change on underage and youth binge drinking. Justice system professionals can be courageous persuaders for the public good.

Making the Case: Judicial

Why partner to reduce underage and youth binge drinking?

  • Reducing underage and youth binge drinking is a key to reducing and preventing crime.[National District Attorney’s Association & U.S. Department of Justice]
  • Limiting youth access to alcohol is a key to the prevention of juvenile delinquency. Fifty percent of criminal cases (assault, traffic, theft, fraud, sex crime, etc.) in the juvenile justice system involve alcohol. [Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice]
  • When the full force of the justice system gets behind the resolution of public safety issues, population level change occurs. Over the past 30 years there has been a forty-four percent reduction in drunk driving fatalities, due in part to; high visibility enforcement, laws and court practices. [National Highway Traffic Safety Administration]
  • Alcohol is the #1 drug of choice among children and adolescents; they use alcohol 10 times more than all illegal drugs, combined. [National Survey on Drug Use and Health]Cobb County students binge drink at a friend’s house on the weekend more than other students in the state. [Georgia Student Health Survey]

Read the full Case Statement for Judicial.

Underage Drinking in Georgia
The Facts

Tragic health, social, and economic problems result from the use of alcohol by youth. Underage drinking is a causal factor in a host of serious problems, including homicide, suicide, traumatic injury, drowning, burns, violent and property crime, high risk sex, fetal alcohol syndrome, alcohol poisoning, and need for treatment for alcohol abuse and dependence.

Learn more about the cost of Underage Drinking in Georgia.

Why should judges and court probation officers care about this problem?
  • Reducing underage and youth binge drinking is a key to reducing and preventing crime.[National District Attorney’s Association & U.S. Department of Justice]
  • Limiting youth access to alcohol is a key to the prevention of juvenile delinquency. Fifty percent of criminal cases (assault, traffic, theft, fraud, sex crime, etc.) in the juvenile justice system involve alcohol. [Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice]
How can the judiciary help reduce underage and youth binge drinking?
  • When the full force of the justice system gets behind the resolution of public safety issues, population level change occurs. Over the past 30 years there has been a forty-four percent reduction in drunk driving fatalities, due in part to; high visibility enforcement, laws and court practices. [National Highway Traffic Safety Administration]
  • Ask underage youth who are caught drinking to disclose the source of their alcohol & implement source investigation protocols.
  • Consistently enforce laws against adult providers & social hosts, as well as minors in possession.
  • Establish agency & inter-agency policies & practices to support a community-wide zero adult providers approach, across the justice system; enforcement, courts, probation, prison.
Where can I learn what other courts are doing to address alcohol related cases and reduce recidivism rates?
  • Reach out and participate in the Judicial Project.  The objective of this project is to collect the most up to date science, research and court practices on the myriad of health related issues that impact youth who appear before the courts on alcohol related offenses.  The project will deliver information in a variety of ways to judges, court professionals and the community who are concerned about the societal impact of underage drinking.  The project is not an attempt to influence the impartiality of judges but serves to provide information and resources to judges who desire more information on relevant topics and learn how other courts are responding to these types of cases.
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Court Professionals CAN

  • Develop a system to monitor alcohol-related problems associated with community events & specific establishments
  • Ask underage youth who are caught drinking to disclose the source of their alcohol & implement source investigation protocols
  • Consistently enforce laws against adult providers & social hosts, as well as minors in possession
  • Establish agency & inter-agency policies & practices to support a community-wide ‘zero adult providers’ approach (across the justice system; enforcement, courts, probation, prison)
  • Become a partner with Cobb Alcohol Taskforce
  • Join the Cobb Alcohol Taskforce as a volunteer or friend and subscribe to monthly e-news
  • Promote Cobb Safe Neighborhoods Safe Homes Campaign

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