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Gang Prosecutor says new law working

December 13, 2007

Albany -- There's a new law to prosecute gang members and Albany law enforcers got the lowdown on it Thursday. The prosecutor says that law is having success battling a state wide gang problem.

Michael Carlson, the Deputy Chief Assistant D.A. In the Stone Mountain Circuit, updated Police and community leaders on the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, which was passed into law in July 2006.

 The law makes it a felony for gang members to recruit or even paint graffiti. It also lets prosecutors tell about a defendant's gang involvement during a trial for a crime, and the history of what that gang has done in the community. Carlson said "evidence to be put before the jury at trial to give them a full picture of exactly not only criminal activity involved in the case, but where it really spawned from. In terms of what this criminal street gang is all about."

 Carlson say the new Georgia Gang Act has resulted in more people pleading guilty to crimes involving gang violence.

Carlson taught Albany law enforcement about this law, and how it can be used in court to prosecute gang members.

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