This legislation amends current law to clarify that law enforcement has the ability to utilize the Uniform Traffic Citation Form (UTC) or the Uniform Misdemeanor Form (UMC) to write misdemeanor and local ordinance tickets. Additionally, this legislation allows law enforcement to verify the identify of an accused through fingerprints or through other means, if such other means are available. The GBI would be responsible for creating the UMC and the Board of Public Safety would be responsible for promulgating rules and regulations for the UMC.
Additionally, this legislation would re-establish the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform to conduct periodic review of the criminal laws, criminal procedure, sentencing laws, adult correctional issues, juvenile justice issues, probation and parole, and prison management.
The newly re-formed council would be composed of 15 members, which would include:
- one member of the Senate
- one member of the House of Represenatives
- one member who would either be a Supreme Court justice or a judge of the Court of Appeals
- one superior court judge
- one juvenile court judge
- one district attorney
- one criminal defense attorney
- one sheriff
- the executive counsel of the Governor or his or her designee
- the director of the Office of Children and Familes or his or her designee
- five other members appointed by the Governor
This new Council would be repealed on June 30, 2022.