Rep. Gilliard Introduces Legislation to Create GA Gang Prevention & Intervention Task Force

State Representative Carl Gilliard (D-Garden City) recently introduced House Bill 883, legislation that would create the Georgia Gang Prevention and Intervention Task Force. Rep. Gilliard will hold a town hall meeting to discuss the proposed legislation on Tuesday, February 25, 2020, at 1 p.m. in room 341 of the State Capitol.

“The state has identified more than 71,000 gang members, and we need to intervene within schools and communities before it is too late for some of Georgia’s youth,” said Rep. Gilliard. “As the chair of the House Study Committee on Gang & Youth Violence Prevention, I am honored to introduce House Bill 883 to help address this serious issue by implementing a concrete intervention and prevention plan for at-risk youth.”

The Georgia Gang Prevention and Intervention Task Force would develop and maintain a comprehensive state plan for strategic, coordinated and collaborative efforts between educational institutions and social service organizations to help prevent and intervene in criminal youth gang participation. Additionally, the task force would provide resources to implement programs and initiatives to help deter youth gang activity. The Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) would oversee the task force, and it would be comprised of 15 members appointed by various state agencies and organizations. House Bill 883
www.legis. ga. gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20192020/ HB/883.

For more info on the House Study Committee on Gang and Youth Violence Prevention, please visit
www.house.ga.gov/Committees/en-US/GangandYouthViolencePrevention. aspx.

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