Even though Democrats are fighting it, Republicans in the state Senate are moving Senate Bill 63 through the committee process. It would force judges to set bail for many charges ranging from reckless driving and trespassing to fighting and shoplifting instead of just requiring a signature as bond which lets loose repeat offenders onto the streets. 

Sponsor Sen. Randy Robertson, R-Cataula, emphasizes that Senate Bill 63 addresses repeat offenders and violent criminals who avoid accountability by not putting up bail. With an eye toward Atlanta’s three-year violent crime hike, Robertson publicizes data from Atlanta Police Chief Darin Schierbaum showing that 889 arrests of repeat offenders last year accounted for nearly 29,000 criminal charges and 33 percent of people with prior felony convictions had a firearm with them at the time of the latest arrest.  

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