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Black Dems don't like gang bill

March 14, 2006
 
Albany -- A proposed bill would create harsher penalties for gang members involved in crime.

Backers say it will discourage growing gang activity in Georgia neighborhoods.

But black Democrats rallied against it. They argue that it discriminates against criminals for the clothes they wear.

Albany prosecutors say there are already laws requiring tough fines and sentences for gang members, and they support anything that takes gang members off the streets.

"We want to do all that we can to discourage people from engaging in gang activity, and this would be a step in the right direction," said Chief Assistant District Attorney Greg Edwards.

The bill already passed the House and is headed to the Senate.

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