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Gov. Kemp Signs Law Requiring Cash Bail for 30 Additional Crimes in Georgia

Gov. Brian Kemp at 2022 Governor’s Tourism Conference.
Gov. Brian Kemp at 2022 Governor’s Tourism Conference.

Dozens of additional offenses will soon require cash bail in Georgia. Governor Brian Kemp signed legislation Wednesday which requires cash bail for 30 additional crimes. The measure also restricts people and charitable bail funds from posting cash bonds for more than three people a year unless they meet the requirements to become a bail bond company.

Senate Bill 63 erodes changes that Republican Governor Nathan Deal supported to allow judges to release many accused of misdemeanors without bail. The law takes effect July 1st.

Mokah Jasmine Johnson is President and Co-founder of the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement. The nonprofit regularly holds bailouts, or events when they bail multiple people out of jail, in Clarke County. She discussed how the law will impact those efforts and prevent the AADM from helping families free loved ones.

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!