The Gang Prosecution Unit’s primary focus is on cases that fall under the Georgia Street Crime and Terrorism Prevention Act which allows for flexibility in charging member and associates of criminal street gangs. A “gang case,” is most easily defined as one in which:
The defendant is charged under the Georgia Street Gang and Terrorism and Prevention Act; and/or
Criminal street gang evidence is connected with the offense and is expected to be presented at trial
Its employees work closely with local, state and federal law enforcement often being called upon to train prosecutors and investigators in jurisdictions across the state. The Gang Prosecution Unit spearheaded efforts related to the constitutionality of the Georgia Street Gang Prosecution and Terrorism Prevention Act including arguing that act before the Georgia Supreme Court in November 2008.
In January 2009, the Georgia Supreme Court unanimously upheld the constitutionality of the Georgia Street Gang Prosecution and Terrorism Prevention Act.