Given Georgia’s gang crisis, most would believe that statewide law enforcement and prosecution would aggressively implement best practices for their anti-gang initiatives. Recent research by the Georgia Gang Investigators Association (GGIA), however, reveals a lack of consistency. Rises and falls in 2019 gang arrest rates illustrate.

Best Measures

Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vic Reynolds has explained that the most reliable measure for anti-gang programs are calculations under the charging portion of Georgia’s anti-gang law, O.C.G.A. § 16-15-4 (“Street Gang Act”). GGIA has adopted Reynolds’ recommendation. All that is required is an examination of the arrests, indictments, and convictions under the Street Gang Act. 

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