AN ACT TO CREATE A UNIFORM PRETRIAL RELEASE PROCEDURES STUDY COMMITTEE, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE NORTH CAROLINA COURTS COMMISSION.
Establishes the 23-member Joint Legislative Study Committee on Uniform Pretrial Release Procedures (Committee) to study and develop recommendations for: (1) uniform statewide standards and procedures regarding pretrial release programs; (2) uniform statewide standards and procedures for the treatment of criminal defendants that have failed to appear in court or have failed to comply with a judgment that ordered the payment of monies; (3) uniform statewide standards and procedures for conditions of pretrial release imposed upon criminal defendants that have been arrested for a crime for which there is no possibility of jail time, whether due to the crime charged or the defendant's prior criminal history; and (4) uniform statewide procedures and cost estimates for a house arrest and electronic monitoring program funded entirely by the State. Sets out membership requirements of the Committee, including appointment authority. Allows the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House to each appoint a co-chair. Provides for a quorum, staffing, meeting space, Committee powers, and the filling of vacancies. Allows the Committee to make an interim report to the specified NCGA Committee by September 1, 2021, and requires a final report by January 15, 2022. Terminates the Committee upon the earlier of January 15, 2022, or the filing of the final report.
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