Governor Deal’s bipartisan, inter-branch Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform is forever changing Georgia, as it makes signficant changes to reform a broken system.
Governor Deal created a bipartisan, inter-branch Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform during the 2011 session. The Council was tasked with seeking new ways to protect public safety and hold offenders accountable while controlling state costs. As a result, significant adult corrections reforms were enacted through HB 1176 (2012), which passed the General Assembly unanimously and was signed into law by Governor Nathan Deal on May 2, 2012.
Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform 2011 Report
House Bill 1176 – Criminal Justice Reform
May 2012, Governor Deal signed an executive order extending the term of the Council and expanding its membership. Based on The Council’s report of 2012, HB 349 was signed into law as a second round of criminal justice reforms to implement “smart on crime” policies that save tax dollars and promote public safety. HB 349 is a follow-up legislation to HB 1176.
House Bill 349 – Criminal cases; provide state with more direct appeal rights; provisions
The Council is still in existence. Senate Study Committee on Expungement Reform Report (2013) recommended that issues identified in their report should be handled by The Council.