Organized by the Georgia Law Review, “Criminal Justice Reform in Georgia,” was held on October 24, 2019. The Symposium was an academic discussion of about the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform, Probation and Mass Supervision, Bail Reform, and Juvenile Justice. This year's Symposium featured a keynote address by Governor Nathan Deal.


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Thursday, October 24th
9:10 AM

Opening Remarks

Peter B. Rutledge, University of Georgia Law School

Larry Walker Room, Dean Rusk Hall

9:10 AM - 9:15 AM

School of Law Dean Peter B. Rutledge gave opening remarks at the start of the symposium.

9:15 AM

Panel 1: An Exploration of Probation

Jason J. Deal, Northeastern Judicial Circuit
Sarah Shannon, University of Georgia
Fiona Doherty, Yale Law School
Sarah Geraghty, Southern Chapter for Human Rights
Andrea L. Dennis, University of Georgia School of Law

Larry Walker Room, Dean Rusk Hall

9:15 AM - 10:30 AM

This panel consisting of a judge and scholarly experts was moderated by Andrea Dennis. The discussion sought to answer the questions: What steps has Georgia taken in reforming probation? What challenges and opportunities lie ahead?

10:45 AM

Panel 2: Curing the Ailment of Bail

Harold D. Melton, Supreme Court of Georgia
Andrea Woods, American Civil Liberties Union
Fred Smith Jr., Emory University School of Law
Sandra Mayson, University of Georgia School of Law

Larry Walker Room, Dean Rusk Hall

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

For this panel moderated by Sandra Mayson a judge, an attorney and a law professor discussed bail including: What has Georgia changed in the area of bail? What more can be done?

1:35 PM

Panel 3: Justice for Juveniles

Melissa Carter, Emory University School of Law
Sarah Gerwig-Moore, Mercer University School of Law
Amanda Trimble, Georgia's Western Judicial Circuit
Robin Shearer, Georgia's Western Judicial Circuit
Tracy BeMent, Tenth Judicial Administrative District

Larry Walker Room, Dean Rusk Hall

1:35 PM - 2:50 PM

Juvenile judges and legal scholars come together in this panel to answer the following questions: How has the criminal justice system affected juveniles? What more can be done?

3:00 PM

Keynote Address

Nathan Deal, 82nd Governor, State of Georgia

Larry Walker Room, Dean Rusk Hall

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

In an American era marked by intense political partnership, criminal justice reform is one policy area where there is come common ground. Across the country we are uniting to rein in prison growth through initiatives that hold offenders accountable while reducing costs, crime and recidivism. Against this backdrop, Georgia, under the leadership of Governor Nathan Deal, stands out as a national model. Deal delivered the keynote discussing HB 265 and the Criminal Justice Reform for Georgians (CJRC).