By Maria Boynton

Soon-to-be former DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James says when he assumed the job 6 years ago, there were “a bunch of local hybrid gangs of 16, 17, 18 year old boys” with names like “Block, and Duct Tape”. While James says only remnants of those groups are still around, he says the gang situation “has gotten out of control”. So, what happened? About 4 or 5 years ago, he says, the national gangs, (the Bloods, the Crips, the GDs or Gangsta Disciples) came in and essentially started consolidating some of the gangs and making their presence known.

As of January 1, 2017, Sherry Boston will be the new District Attorney. James acknowledges that Boston “can’t prosecute the crime away” anymore than he could, but says “they have to find collaborative ways”, as he did with the U.S. Attorney’s office, the DEA, and the FBI, to “cut off the head of the snake”.

This weekend on Atlanta Up-Close Robert James talks about the various cases he prosecuted as D.A., including the Burrell Ellis case, and what he’ll do now that he’s no longer the head prosecutor in DeKalb County. Sunday at 5:00am and Noon on News and Talk 1380 WAOK.

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