Criminal Justice Reform

As a member of the House Judiciary Noncivil Committee since 2005, Ed has played an active role in the debate and passage of virtually every piece of criminal justice reform legislation passed in Georgia for more than a decade. His contributions include leading bipartisan coalitions to maintain the careful legal balance between the powers of the state and the rights of the accused in more than 200 laws throughout Georgia’s criminal and juvenile code.

As the Chairman of the General Law Subcommittee of House Judiciary Noncivil, Ed has worked tirelessly to protect the fundamental rights of Georgians while providing law enforcement officials with the legitimate tools they need to protect Georgia’s communities. His contributions include state laws affecting the death penalty, sex trafficking, sexual exploitation of children, illegal immigration, internet crime, gun rights, abortion, metal theft, criminal record restriction, animal fighting, controlled substances, anti-terrorism, search and seizure, pardons and paroles, restitution for crime victims, impact of emerging technologies on personal privacy, and diverting nonviolent drug offenders into specialized treatment programs instead of prison.

Pastor Moore of Mission For Life Church tells the story of how Ed stepped in to help a young man of the congregation when he was wrongly accused of a crime.

Ed recognizes that effective law enforcement is essential to keeping Georgians secure and balances that belief with the recognition that protecting citizens’ constitutional liberties is essential to preserving a free society. As violent protests broke out across the nation in 2020 and the Left was demanding to “defund the police”, Ed stood up for law enforcement, helped secure increased funding for public safety, and crack down on the criminal street gangs and the sexual exploitation of children.