Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan plans to work with Senate members to draft laws that can create a “dependable reporting system.”
ATLANTA — Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan introduced plans to sort out gaps within the state’s felony report database on Thursday.
Earlier this month, 11Alive’s Doug Richards revealed that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation plans to rent practically two dozen new scientists with the intention to work via around 29,000 backlogged criminal cases from the state crime lab.
In line with a launch, Duncan plans to work with Senate members to draft laws that can create a “dependable reporting system whereas bringing felony justice companies concerned in its implementation to the desk for enter all through the legislative course of.”
The laws being pursued is the Prison Report Duty Act and it is going to be sponsored by Sen. Bo Hatchett (R – Cornelia), a launch said.
“Because the nation grapples with rising crime, all sides of the judicial system have to be correctly outfitted to reply instantly and successfully,” Duncan mentioned. “Present reporting knowledge exhibits unacceptable metrics that pose a serious public security danger for communities. Working with companions throughout the state, our purpose is to ascertain a framework to unravel this subject whereas additionally strengthening protections for victims in Georgia.”
Gov. Brian Kemp added fixing this ongoing subject is important with the intention to preserve communities protected from crime.
“When communication breakdowns exist between regulation enforcement, crime victims, prosecutors, judges, and potential employers, then justice can’t be successfully served,” Kemp mentioned. “We commend the Lt. Governor, Sen. Hatchett, and others for working to assemble enter from all stakeholders to enhance reporting.”
Hatchell mentioned he appears to be like ahead to working with the Lieutenant Governor’s Workplace and extra companions to work on a legislative resolution.
“Making certain entry to up to date felony data is a vital public security subject not just for members of the judicial system, however for potential employers, housing firms and occupational licensing boards who require a felony background examine,” Hatchett mentioned.