Tuesday, August 20, 2019
AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- Augusta-Richmond County Commissioners gave the thumbs up Tuesday to reduce jail times and fines for misdemeanor marijuana possession.
Now, the new rules adopted by commission on Tuesday say there's a cap of $150 for the first two offenses and a cap fine of $300 for the third offense and beyond.
State Sen. Harold Jones, along with Richmond County Solicitor Omeeka Loggins, told leaders the city would be joining 12 other jurisdictions by making this move.
Jones cited overpopulation in jails, saving costs on inmates, and alleviating issues with probation offices. Jones also told commission it would mean less misdemeanor cases for the solicitor to prosecute.
The updated code has not yet officially gone into effect.
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