Bills to Oppose in 2020 - Georgia Criminal Legal Reform

Attacks on Cash Bail Reform

Excessive Punishment & Longer Sentences

Excessive Punishment & Longer Sentences

  

· HB 340 

(Sponsor: Rep. Micah Gravley) – Mandates cash bail for immediate release from incarceration; would preempt existing bail reform in City of Atlanta and prevent any other jurisdiction from ending cash bail for any offense.


STATUS: Heard in a sub-committee of the House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee last year but did not receive a vote.


·  SB 164

(Sponsor: Sen. Bill Cowsert) - Mandates cash bail for immediate release from incarceration; would preempt existing bail reform in City of Atlanta and prevent any other jurisdiction from ending cash bail for any offense.


STATUS: Heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee last year but did not receive a vote.


· SB 402 

(Sponsor: Sen. Randy Robertson) – Would eliminate the ability for courts to issue signature bonds and eliminate the ability for judges to issue recognizance bonds for pretrial release or diversion to any person charged with a bail restricted offense.


STATUS: Heard by the Senate Public Safety Committee on February 24, and passed unanimously. You can watch the full hearing here

Excessive Punishment & Longer Sentences

Excessive Punishment & Longer Sentences

Excessive Punishment & Longer Sentences

  

· HB 720 

(Sponsor: Rep. Steven Sainz) – Increases the use of probation for people convicted of sexual offenses; allows probation for life for felony offenses and outlines a risk assessment tier system.


STATUS: Heard by the Setzler sub-committee of the House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee for the second time on February 24 but did not receive a vote.


· HB 885 

(Sponsor: Jesse Petrea) - 

Would allow prosecutors to publicly release nearly all the information received from the Board of Pardons and Paroles when challenging the release of a person who is serving a sentence for a serious violent felony or certain sexual felonies. 


STATUS: Heard in a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee on Feb. 19 but did not receive a vote. 


· HB 994 

(Sponsor: Rep. Bert Reeves) - Attempts to prosecute more kids as adults, expand the definition of gang activity and imposes devastating consequences upon conviction for certain gang and sex offenses.


STATUS: Awaiting a hearing in the House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee. 


·  SB 35 

(Sponsor: Sen. Lester Jackson) – prohibits people required to register on the Sex Offender Registry from residing near their victims and such victims' immediate family members.


STATUS: Heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 3, but did not receive a vote. You can watch the hearing here


·  SB 64

(Sponsor: Sen. William Ligon) – Adds "terroristic threats" to the list of felonies in the Juvenile code when the threat is directed toward individuals at or against a public or private elementary school, secondary school, technical school, college, etc. 


STATUS: Heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee last year but did not pass out of committee.


· SB 393 

(Sponsor: Sen. Brian Strickland) – Allows Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) to prosecute gang crimes.


STATUS:Heard by the Senate Public Safety Committee on February 26 and passed unanimously. You can watch the committee hearing here.

Anti-Immigrant Proposals

Excessive Punishment & Longer Sentences

Anti-Immigrant Proposals

  

· HB 202 

(Sponsor: Rep. Jesse Petrea) – Requires the commissioner of corrections to report certain information regarding the immigration status, offenses and home countries of persons who are confined under the authority of the Department of Corrections every 9 days.


STATUS: House Withdrawn, Recommitted.


· HB 915 

(Sponsor: Philip Singleton) - Prohibits any state or local entity from adopting a sanctuary policy for immigrants and gives enforcement powers to the Attorney General.


STATUS: Awaiting committee hearing in the House Judiciary Committee.