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DA studying teen pregnancy, crime

Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards speaks to the Dougherty County Kiwanis Club Monday regarding some of the issues his office is dealing with in terms of crime prevention and criminal justice.

Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards speaks to the Dougherty County Kiwanis Club Monday regarding some of the issues his office is dealing with in terms of crime prevention and criminal justice.

ALBANY — There are a number of agencies in the community that are working to help make the Albany area a safer place.

District Attorney Greg Edwards recently gave an overview of what his office is doing to contribute to that cause.

For starters, Edwards said his office, with the help of three supervising attorneys, processed roughly 2,000 Superior Court cases and 1,200 Juvenile Court cases in 2010.

At a Dougherty County Kiwanis meeting Monday, Edwards added that one of the issues plaguing the community in which his office is looking at is teen pregnancy. Specifically, his office is looking at how teen pregnancy impacts the criminal justice system.

“It’s an important issue in the criminal justice arena,” Edwards said. “There are a lot of good teen mothers out there, but in a lot of instances, teen moms don’t have the resources to prevent children from (entering the criminal justice system).

“We need to do what we can to deal with that issue.”

School enrollment is also something monitored from a crime prevention standpoint, the district attorney said.

“It is required that children ages 6-16 attend school, and (making sure children are in school) is one of the responsibilities of the district attorney’s office,” Edwards said. “About 90 percent of the people sitting in jail now are high school dropouts.”

That is an issue Edwards said his office is actively working with area school system officials on to ensure parents are sending their children to school, and that children are getting there on time.

In terms of criminal justice, Edwards added that suppressing the gang activity in Albany is another thing his office is focusing on. This is following an operation that ended six months ago with roughly 50 Crips gang members ending up in jail, if they were not there already.

“There is no more Crips activity in Dougherty County,” Edwards said.

There are five gangs active in the area, with authorities looking at 600 people in Albany connected to those gangs, Edwards said.

Edwards also mentioned his office’s continued involvement with the Lily Pad Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Center to help prosecute abuse cases, as well the benefits of a day reporting center — something officials had discussed last year.

“(The day reporting center) would provide an alternative to incarceration,” Edwards said. “We want to do what we can to prevent re-entry into the system and have a cost-effective alternative to incarceration.

“It costs $50 a day to house someone in jail.”

Elder abuse was also something Edwards touched on.

“We have a growing population of senior citizens,” he said. “At some point, this problem is going to get big.

“We are working with SOWEGA (Council on Aging) to look at issues that come out of that.”

Edwards also noted that, in the past, it was typical for 1,000 people to be in the Dougherty County Jail. Now there are roughly 800, which he said suggests a decrease in crime. Additionally, he said, his office has maintained a conviction rate of 96 percent.

He ended his presentation with a few words of advice on how to be involved in the effort of getting crime activity under control.

“Be alert in your daily activities,” he said. “Also, report activity. Some people don’t want to get involved, but if you get involved, that helps the whole process.

“Organize neighborhood watches. Watching neighbors is the best way to prevent crime. And come to jury duty, because it ultimately saves money if a case is resolved quickly.”

Comments

waltspecht 2 years, 1 month ago

Why not charge and jail the studs walking around giving the community the problem of teen pregnancy. If it isn't statutory rape, it is certainly child endangerment in many cases. At least that way the law may interupt the breeding cycle, because with the lack of support shown by these males, it certainly isn't love.

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LuLu 2 years, 1 month ago

Mandatory birth control for every female of child-bearing age receiving government assistance. Obviously the taxpayers are stuck paying for these people, besides taking care of ourselves and our own. I'd much rather pay for mandatory birth control than pre-natal care, delivery, food, formula, diapers, housing, medical, etc., etc,. etc. for the rest of their natural lives. As for the sorry men and their lack of morals, I just don't know. But the cycle has to be broken somehow, and until sorry-azz parents stop breeding sorry-azz children without a thought or care as to how they are going to support them, and without a care as to how or if they are taught to become good, moral, productive citizens, it just has to be stopped somehow.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 1 month ago

Yes he could start by prosecuting all the adult males performing statutory rape on these young girls and could fill up those extra 200 jail slots right quick.

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Parent 2 years, 1 month ago

I applaud Mr. Edwards for this! So many of you sit around and make comments on every single story that's posted on this site, but how many are actually getting involved? If more of us just get out and helped instead of criticize, it would really make a difference. Just my thoughts.

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Jacob 2 years, 1 month ago

How do you suggest we help? Pass out condoms like Mardis Gras beads?

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tywebb 2 years, 1 month ago

that's a terrible image!!!!! instead of lifting shirts and showing their ta-tas, the men have to drop their britches and let the trowser snake out to get condoms tossed at them? thanks alot, Jacob!!!

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Jacob 2 years, 1 month ago

Yes, didn't Dr. Mayor, Mr. Willie have some sharp comments about how Ken Hodges was afraid to prosecute the fathers of all those underage pregnant girls he saw in his office because of political correctness? And didn't he say how Greg was going to be locking up all these men who were knocking up underage girls? How about it Albany Herald? Let's see a story about how many underage pregnant girls are in Albany and how many men (if any) get prosecuted for statutory rape. Wonder how many have been reported to APD by the good doctors who get fat off medicaid for treating these pregnant children? Should make for an interesting bit of investigative journalism.....

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waltspecht 2 years, 1 month ago

Yes, I thought I would jog some memories of that big campaign that never went anywhere.

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VietVet1 2 years, 1 month ago

How about welfare for only ONE child. She has another - NO MONEY just a crib for the newborn. And only ONE house/apartment per family. All they know know is to live off the welfare system.

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Outtahere 2 years, 1 month ago

I totally agree! When we begin talking about breaking cycles in our community we all see how complicated it can be. But, you know what is less complicated? STRICT LIMITS ON ASSISTANCE! These young girls and women alike live off of the system because it is ALLOWED! If they knew that they could not get money for every child, eventually it would stop!! Now, back to the topic: teen pregnancy is ruining the sanctity of marriage and our communities! Our society is OVER SEXUALIZED and teen pregnancy is a product of this. Also, these young girls are just as guilty as the boys, unless it is rape! Don't just look at the men, because if the girl wasn't willing as well she wouldn't be pregnant!

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 1 month ago

This topic doesn't really need much "study". Suggestion: go help yourself to a Grande coffee at Starbucks and before you're finished with it you should have thought of all the why's, wherefore's, and who's. Simple!

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gradin78 2 years, 1 month ago

Until our intelligent members of Congress have lived in the REAL world this will continue.

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Justice4Moma 2 years, 1 month ago

Have you noticed everyone in the running for Pres. have said stuff about entitlement programs,SS,SSI,.The first one who says they are going to cut food stamps,and welfare checks to all the ones having babies without dads(and i still dont know how they do that),and i am not saying cut it out all together,i know people need it.But alot of people play the system.But none want to say that,becuase that is where they get there votes.But get one to say that,and that will be who gets my vote.All this unemployment that just keeps on going.Hey it needs to stop sometime.It is time we all tighten our money giving.And Spending on things that we could do without.

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TrixibelleBento 2 years, 1 month ago

Welfare should have a time table on it just like unemployment. You're down on your luck? We'll help you get back on your feet for a few years. If you can't get it together in that timeframe, then the money stops. No more of this cradle to grave stuff. Now if you have a REAL disability, then fine, we'll take care of you. I'm not talking about asthma or a hurt back either.

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Justice4Moma 2 years, 1 month ago

"Elder abuse was also something Edwards touched on."Do you have any idea how many older,or dsiabled people get hurt by people who think they can just push people around and rob them,just because they are old or disabled.I got knocked on my butt at my Moms house by a guy who was not allowed to be there,and the cops did nothing.And i even went to the DA.Nothing.He asked if i had proof,i thought a police report was enough.I guess not. And i was on a cane,i am disabled,and not by choice. But untill we all start fighting back,for our Rights.This will keep going on.And if you think the Officals dowtown care,think again.Abuse is abuse.Tell the teenagers to put a asprin between there legs and hold it there,or get the parents to have more control over these kids having kids.When the law came in and told when to spank your kids and how,or the kids would report you for abuse,that is when all the trouble came to pass.I was never beaten as a child,but i sure got a hickory switch,or a belt to my butt.And i dont think i turned out to bad.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 1 month ago

From what I've heard there are some so-called "Pastors" in this town that are guilty as sin of elder abuse.

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agirl_25 2 years, 1 month ago

When I worked in a small rural hospital the young unwed mothers came in with their babies and all the females of the family unit, from the Alpha female down to the young babymama came in with her and her goldcard (Medicaid). The sometimes 6 or 7 (yes SEVEN) generations of beaming, smiling folks ranging in age from 13 (babymama) to approximately 93 (great-great-great-great-great-great-granny) would sit and become very demanding if we did not see to the precious baby at once. Of course I used to have an urge to strangle all but the precious baby. I got tired of hearing how the mothers and grandmothers used to brag about being such young mothers and how they still kept their youthful looks. How wonderful it must be to be a mother at 13!! Wow..how dumb of me to have waited until my 20's!! Then I would ask the young mother of 13 why she had the baby and she would tell me...some fool boy asked her to be his babymama...some fool idiot that probably could not pour pee out of a boot if the directions were printed on the heel of it because he is too stupid to read, but he is like a junk yard dog and knows how to do what a junk yard dog does and can get a girl pregnant....and is no better than a junkyard dog. She had sex with him because he asked her to!!! I wanted to slap her!! The young girls have sex with these boys and have their babies because it is a status symbol...so they can say....."I be habin his baby too...I be his babymama too." That makes them feel like they are somebody. At first they prance up and down the street they live on with the baby, looking like it is some sort of doll baby...all dressed up in frilly clothes..then 18 months later it is in the ER......snot running down its face...eyes caked with dried exudate...crying..sucking on a nasty bottle with Kool-Aid in it..I am so sick of seeing it all. Don't blame just the sorry boys.blame the girls.blame the sorry parents.blame the sorry DFACS people too.....

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 1 month ago

agirl, you just saved the DA's office a lot of money. Status of Study: Complete!

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tywebb 2 years, 1 month ago

we're going to re-open the study AFTER we go to "virtual schools". With all of those kids "at home" getting an "education", we will have a NEW baby boom!!!

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TrixibelleBento 2 years, 1 month ago

This is reality folks and I'm happy that agirl is sharing it with us.

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agirl_25 2 years, 1 month ago

Well Trixi...........you would not believe the things I have seen......there is a lot more reality out there than you can imagine...there was once a sweet young girl that came in the ER because she had asthma attacks so bad it used to frighten her. She was what I guess one would call a latchkey child altho I am sure her circumstances did not even afford her the luxury of a key to her home. She sort of raised herself and would bring herself to the ER and state law required we find an adult relative to give consent for her to receive care so we used to run around trying to find someone to give consent for treatment.. an auntie or grandmother...for her mother could seldom be found and who knows where her father was. She was a very smart girl, made wonderful grades in school and loved it and all she needed was someone to care, at least a good school counselor to take an interest in her. She was made fun of by the other girls her age because she found school and learning to be more important than running the streets at night and being with some worthless boy. Of course the other girls wanted to have babies because they wanted to make the worthless boys look like men because it was so studly for them to show their friends how manly they were..and oh how wonderful if the girl could have a boy.......wow.....isn't that grand...someone has watched too much TV. Well the girls had their babies and would prance around with them and show them off with their little frilly headbands and their fancy dresses and make fun of our little friend who still brought herself to the ER....then I left the ER and took a job in a rural health clinic and my friend who still worked at the hosptial told me the sad news..the girl had come in pregnant....she had finally given in to the taunts of the others..and apparently did not get the encouragement from the school counselor she needed... and I do not believe her teacher was so blind as to not recognize her potential. Long story short......she was 18 and had 3 babies ..so much for the dreams we had for her..she just needed someone who cared enough to get behind her...like a school teacher or counselor...and give her the guidance she needed...I kind of thought that was part of the job description....maybe I am wrong...kind of like with the sorry DFACS people I have dealt with in the past.....you want the paycheck but don't want to do the work, huh?

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