Stop and Dismantle
Conservative businessman and Secretary of State Brian Kemp is running for governor to put hardworking Georgians first. In addition to proposing plans to empower small businesses, reform state government, and strengthen rural Georgia, Kemp has bold initiatives to tackle illegal immigration and keep families safe from criminal aliens.
Kemp’s Track and Deport plan, which was released in March of 2018, includes the creation of a Criminal Alien Database that provides law enforcement with the resources to track and swiftly deport criminal aliens from our jails and prisons. This comprehensive database will also give lawmakers the data sets needed to craft legislation at the State Capitol.
During the creation of Track and Deport, Kemp met with law enforcement leaders and prosecutors who highlighted the growth of organized crime and the undeniable power of the Mexican drug cartel in Georgia. While deporting criminal aliens from the Peach State will certainly impact the opioid epidemic, curb sex trafficking, lower crime rates, and protect families from violence, we must stop gang violence and dismantle gang infrastructure to ensure a bright and promising future for hardworking Georgians.
Gang membership in America is growing at a meteoric rate with upwards of 33,000 identified gangs and 1.4 million loyal members. These violent criminals are flooding the streets with drugs, illegal weapons, violence, and fear. Simply put, our families – and our communities – are under attack.
In 2010, the Georgia Legislature codified this “crisis” with GA. CODE ANN. § 16-15- 2. Nearly a decade later, there are 127 gangs in Atlanta with over 40,000 members who are responsible for more than 50% of the region’s violent crime. Outside of Atlanta, Lagrange boasts 700 gang members and Savannah has nearly 2,000. Every pocket of our state has gang activity. No one is safe from their wrath.
Stop and Dismantle
To stop and dismantle gangs in Georgia, Brian Kemp developed a comprehensive approach that raises public awareness, funds the Criminal Street Gang Database, empowers the Attorney General’s office, and provides local law enforcement with resources and manpower.
As governor, Brian Kemp will:
- Launch a public awareness campaign to inform citizens of gang activity in their community and provide public safety resources;
- Fund the Criminal Street Gang Database created by O.C.G.A. § 16-15- 11 and task the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia with implementing best practices;
- Empower the Attorney General’s office to prosecute gang cases multi-jurisdictionally, provide funding for a specific unit at the state level;
- Create Gang Strike Team to train local law enforcement, provide resources and manpower for large scale operations, partner with District Attorneys and local leaders;
Georgia has the strongest anti-gang legislation in the nation. As governor, businessman Brian Kemp will put these laws to work for hardworking Georgians throughout our state.
By raising awareness and drawing connections between gangs and opioid abuse, sex trafficking, illegal immigration, and violent crime, Kemp will bring this crisis out of the shadows and on to the front page of the local paper. The more citizens know, the more successful we will be in our battle against organized crime.
In the same way that Kemp’s Criminal Alien Database will help law enforcement track and deport those that are here illegally, funding the Criminal Street Gang Database with existing state resources, will connect law enforcement agencies and provide data to take down gang members throughout Georgia.
To put more criminals behind bars – and curb the growth of gang membership – Kemp will empower the Attorney General’s office to prosecute gang cases with jurisdictions that span multiple counties. With a special unit at the state level, our state’s top lawyer will have tools and funding to keep our families safe.
As gangs grow in communities outside of Atlanta – where funding is short and officer attrition is high – Kemp will create a Gang Strike Team that - upon request -will assist communities under siege by groups like MS-13. Made up of state and local law enforcement leaders, prosecutors, and policy makers, this group will train, educate, and provide manpower to put gangs out of commission.
Brian Kemp is the only candidate with a plan to stop crime and dismantle gangs in Georgia. He’s the only person we can trust to fight, win, and protect our families from violent criminals.
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