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Dougherty DA's job program combats gang attraction

The program would provide jobs helping plant trees and rebuild Albany and Dougherty County after the January storms. (Source: WALB) The program would provide jobs helping plant trees and rebuild Albany and Dougherty County after the January storms. (Source: WALB)
D. A. Greg Edwards (Source: WALB) D. A. Greg Edwards (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Young people in Dougherty County who could be at risk for getting involved in gangs might have a new alternative soon.

District Attorney Greg Edwards said Thursday he continues working on a program that would give at-risk teens jobs.

Edwards said law enforcement would help identify those who might consider being in gangs, and the job opportunity would help keep them from joining gangs in the first place.

The program would provide jobs helping plant trees and rebuild Albany and Dougherty County after the January storms.

"We have to work on making alternatives available for our citizens, for our potential persons who might join a gang, and we want to deal effectively with those individuals who are going to try to be gang members anyway," said Edwards.

He said he hopes to kick start the program with a grant from the DA's office made up of seized funds.

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