Why is Georgia Spending Millions on a Task Force to Fight Criminal Gangs?

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Key Points
  • According to officials gang-related crime is on the rise and violent crime has risen in the past two years though crime overall has trended down since the 1990s.
  • Gov. Kemp created a Gang Task Force (GTF) led by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation that has been allocated nearly $3 million since 2019.
  • There are 7 federal gang crime task forces in Georgia.
A recent spate of homicides, in Atlanta in particular, has contributed to a general sense of unease over public safety in Georgia. Gov. Brian Kemp has blamed criminal gangs as the main driver. After decades of falling crime rates overall in Georgia, what is responsible for a rise in violent crimes over the past two years? ...

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