Among issues to be considered, Boggs said, are: decriminalization of certain traffic offenses, safety valves for some minimum mandatory prison sentences, a rewrite of the state's juvenile justice code and ways to allow inmates to shave time off sentences if they behave well and meet goals.
The council, comprised of lawmakers, judges, lawyers and members of law enforcement, is also co-chaired by David Werner, the governor's deputy executive council. The governor appointed his son, Jason Deal, a Superior Court judge who oversees accountability courts in Hall and Dawson counties, to the council.
The governor appeared briefly as the council began its first meeing Monday, thanking members for their time and noting the Legislature did not enact all of the council's recommendations last year.
"You did good work," Deal said. "You looked at issues that were important to our state. I know you will continue that effort."