Prosecuting gang crime is a high priority for the office. Studies show that about 60% of all homicides in the county are gang related. Gang members prey on the citizenry and foster fear and intimidation in the community. It is an important mission of the District Attorney’s office to come down hard on gang crime and keep our communities safe.
With help from the Board of Supervisors, the District Attorney’s office was able to double the size of its gang unit. It is a vertical prosecution unit comprised of 13 deputy district attorneys.
These specially trained prosecutors seek gang-enhanced charges whenever possible, which increases the penalty against the offenders and keeps them off the street for a longer period of time. By closely monitoring gang offenders’ performance on probation, gang prosecutors ensure that repeat offenders go to state prison.
Gang deputies also work closely with gang officers in the communities that we serve. They attend monthly meetings to share information with law enforcement, probation, corrections and other agencies that deal in the area of gang crime.