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Fulton County prosecutor tapped to lead statewide anti-gang unit

The head of a new gang prosecution unit for the state of Georgia has been named.

Fulton County Deputy DA Cara Convery will lead 11 attorneys and paralegals for the unit created when Governor Kemp signed it into law. The Georgia attorney general’s office will have concurrent authority with local prosecutors to bring cases.

The state plans to spend $1.6 million on the unit in the budget beginning July 1. Supporters of the law say local prosecutors sometimes have trouble pursuing gangs that commit crimes across Georgia’s 50 judicial circuits. The attorney general’s office will also target gang activity in prisons.