Southern Center for Human Rights say SB63 could exacerbate jail overcrowding

The Fulton County Jail has been dealing with persistent overcrowding, and some civil rights organizations are concerned that Senate Bill 63 could exacerbate overcrowding. (Matthew Pearson/WABE)

Senate Bill 63 is one step closer to becoming law. Some civil and human rights groups call the proposed legislation “regressive” for its expansion of cash bail and extreme limits on bail funds.

The bill now awaits Governor Brian Kemp’s signature.

According to the Southern Center for Human Rights, the proposed legislation only allows organizations, charities, individuals or groups to bail out more than three people per year and requires them to register as bonding agencies.

Tiffany Roberts, who serves as public policy director at SCHR, was a guest on Tuesday’s edition of “Closer Look.” She spoke with show host Rose Scott about her organization’s concerns.