Where Public Safety and Progress Meet

Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform

The current Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform was created by HB 349 during the 2013 legislative session and requires the Governor to appoint 15 members to the Council.  The Council’s charge is to conduct periodic comprehensive reviews of criminal laws, criminal procedure, sentencing laws, adult correctional issues, juvenile justice issues, enhancement of probation and parole supervision, better management of the prison population and of the population in the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice, and other issues relates to criminal proceedings and accountability courts.
The Council is co-chaired by the Honorable Justice Michael Boggs and Executive Counsel to Governor Nathan Deal, Carey Miller, Esq.

Below is a listing of the current members of the Council:

  • Hon. Bill Cowsert, Senator, 46th District

  • Hon. Chuck Efstration, Representative, 104th District

  • Hon. Michael P. Boggs, Justice, Supreme Court of Georgia (Co-Chair)

  • Hon. Jason Deal, Superior Court Judge, Northeastern Circuit

  • Hon. Steve Teske, Judge, Clayton County Juvenile Court

  • Hon. George Hartwig, District Attorney, Houston Judicial Circuit

  • Hon. Scott Berry, Sheriff, Oconee County

  • Hon. Stephanie Woodard, Solicitor General, Hall County

  • Tracy J. BeMent, District Court Administrator, Tenth Judicial Circuit

  • R. David Botts, Esq., Criminal Defense Attorney

  • Roy Copeland, Esq., Criminal Defense Attorney and Assistant Professor, Valdosta State University

  • David J. Dunn, Esq., Circuit Public Defender, Lookout Mountain Circuit

  • Carey A. Miller, Esq., Deputy Executive Counsel, Office of the Governor (Co-Chair)

  • Teresa Roseborough, Esq., Executive V.P., General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, The Home Depot

  • Christine Van Dross, Esq., Circuit Public Defender, Clayton Judicial Circuit