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HB 0994 - Courts; provisions relating to addressing criminal gang activities; revise

Tracking Level: Monitor
Sponsor: Albert Reeves
Last Action: 3/13/2020 - Senate Read and Referred
House Committee: Judiciary - Non-Civil
Senate Committee: Assignments
Assigned To:
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Staff Analysis of the Legislation

HB 994 amends Chapter 11 of Title 15 of the OCGA to add gang activity participation to the list of considerations assessed when moving an alleged delinquent child from juvenile court to superior court. A juvenile who has been adjudicated to have engaged in criminal gang activity and placed in restrictive custody must participate in an evidence-based criminal gang intervention program.

The bill further amends Chapter 15 of Title 16 to include child molestation, enticement of a child for indecent purposes, and obstruction or hinderance of law enforcement officers to the list of offenses under criminal gang activity. The bill also revises Article 2 of Chapter 1 of Title 4 to include felony violations of child molestation, burglary with the intent to commit a sexual offense, keeping a place of prostitution, pimping, and pandering to the list of sexual offenses under criminal gang activity, which requires the offender to be added to the sex offender registry. Finally, the local governments can petition the court for injunctive relief for property used in criminal gang activities.

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