Juvenile Justice monitoring ended

Eleven years after it began, the U.S. Department of Justice has ended its monitoring of Georgia's Department of Juvenile Justice.

Gov. Sonny Perdue made the announcement at the state Capitol on Monday with Juvenile Justice Commissioner Albert Murray at his side. The state entered into a memorandum of agreement with the Justice Department in 1998 after a scathing federal report found Georgia's juvenile facilities suffered from overcrowding, lack of
training for staff members, abuse of inmates, poor medical care and mental health treatment as well as inadequate educational facilities.

Perdue said there have been major improvements since then that led federal monitors to end their oversight.