Warren Davis

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This Article analyzes whether the legislature should change Georgia's arrest laws to authorize the discretionary issuance of field citations to more nontraffic misdemeanor offenders as a means to help alleviate jail overcrowding and reduce the amount of time required by patrol officers to process misdemeanor arrests. This Article includes a review of current Georgia law concerning citation arrests for nontraffic misdemeanor offenses; published literature; a quantitative analysis of the effects of using the field citation process upon officer processing times and the failure to appear rate within the Gwinnett Judicial Circuit; surveys of Georgia law enforcement executives; and interviews with court administrators, a jail commander, and numerous arresting officers.

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