Kemp-backed measure seeks harsher Georgia gang sentences
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia senators are advancing a bill that would make prison sentences harsher for gang crimes.
Senate Bill 44 would add a mandatory five years to sentences for anyone convicted of a gang crime and 10 years for anyone convicted of recruiting minors into a gang.
The bill is being pushed by Gov. Brian Kemp. It passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday on a 6-3 vote. It moves next to the full Senate for more debate.
The bill cuts against a decade of Georgia lawmakers reducing mandatory sentences or refusing to add new ones.
Kemp and other Republicans now argue more criminals must be locked away for long stretches.
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