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  • Summary date: Mar 28 2019 - View Summary

    Appropriates $1 million from the General Fund to the Department of Public Safety, Governor's Crime Commission (Commission), for the 2019-20 fiscal year. Restricts use of the funds to establishing a grant program to assist judicial districts and counties within judicial districts to reduce the use of secured bonds as a condition of pretrial release and increase the use of citations in lieu of arrest, summons in lieu of arrest, early participation of defense counsel, early participation of the prosecutor, prompt judicial review of the magistrate's pretrial decision, additional information for decision makers, and court date reminder systems.

    Requires judicial districts to submit grant proposals to the Commission by October 1, 2019, and include a process for evaluating whether the proposed changes resulted in a reduction in the use of secured bonds as a condition of pretrial release. Caps grants at $200,000. Requires the Commission to distribute the grants equitably across the State and among rural and urban districts and counties. Requires the Commission to establish a schedule for recipient districts and counties to submit results of its evaluation. Directs the Commission to report to the specified NCGA committee by December 1, 2020.

    Effective July 1, 2019.