Gang Activity

In America, nearly half of all violent crimes are gang-related. Unfortunately, Georgia communities are not immune to this type of organized crime, and member recruitment is on the rise with 71,000 validated gang affiliates and over 1,500 suspected gang networks across the state. In fact, in a 2018 survey conducted by the Georgia Gang Investigators Association, 157 counties reported a rise in gang activity and 155 school districts reported suspected gang activity. In 2021 alone, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Gang Task Force investigated 446 gang-related cases across 100 Georgia counties and charged more than 170 gang members.

Even more concerning, criminals are now using social media as a recruitment tool to specifically target a younger audience.

Georgia Anti-Gang Network

The Office of the Attorney General is committed to working with and further supporting our law enforcement officials – federal, state and local – on multi-jurisdictional issues, such as criminal gang activity.

In July 2018, Attorney General Chris Carr invited the leadership from several local, state and federal partner organizations to discuss their current efforts to address criminal gang activity. Following a productive and informative first meeting, the group decided to continue their work as the Georgia Anti-Gang Network with a focus on the following areas:

  • Strengthening multi-jurisdictional investigations and prosecutions;
  • Improving intelligence-sharing capabilities;
  • Stopping recruitment; and
  • Increasing training efforts.

The group held its 7th meeting on Feb. 9, 2022. 

Gang Prosecution Unit

During the 2022 legislative session, working with Governor Brian Kemp and members of the General Assembly, Attorney General Carr took historic action to create Georgia’s first statewide Gang Prosecution Unit. With this new Unit, the Department of Law will serve as a force multiplier by working hand-in-hand with federal, state and local law enforcement officials to ensure that violent criminals are aggressively prosecuted and put behind bars. The Unit will take effect on July 1, 2022.

At the end of the day, the law-abiding people of our state deserve freedom from fear, and to do so, we must re-dedicate ourselves to disrupting all gang networks that are infiltrating our communities with violent crime and will stop at nothing to turn a profit.

Attorney General Carr appreciates all members of the Georgia Anti-Gang Network, including:

  • Office of Governor Brian Kemp
  • Georgia Bureau of Investigation
  • Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
  • Georgia Department of Community Supervision
  • Georgia Department of Corrections
  • Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice
  • Georgia Department of Public Safety
  • Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency
  • Georgia Public Safety Training Center
  • Governor's Office of Planning and Budget
  • Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia
  • Georgia Gang Investigators Association
  • Georgia Sheriffs' Association
  • Fulton County Sheriff's Office
  • Atlanta Gang Initiative
  • Cobb Judicial Circuit
  • Formulytics
  • U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Georgia
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • FBI Safe Streets Gang Task Force
  • Homeland Security Investigations (Atlanta Office)
  • U.S. Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force
  • U.S. Postal Inspection Service (Atlanta Office)