Improving the quality of life for DeKalb residents is rooted in prosecuting crime and deterring crime through community prosecution − a nationally-proven method that uses a proactive, integrated, solutions-based and grassroots approach to combat quality-of-life crimes in targeted areas through partnerships among the community, police and prosecutors.
The Solicitor-General community prosecutors work with neighborhood residents, community organizations, service providers, the faith community and police to identify public safety problems and to promote long-term solutions to quality-of-life issues vexing DeKalb communities. These quality-of-life issues can include graffiti, vandalism, trespassing, disorderly conduct, drug solicitation, prostitution, and aggressive panhandling. Other issues can include an absentee landlord who allows a tenant to sell beer, cigarettes, drugs or sex from his or her apartment as well as be the landlord who turns a blind eye to the tenant operating an unlicensed bar, dance club or “massage” parlor from a commercial space. Or, it can be the persistent presence of criminal activity in a private or public space.
Deputy Chief of the Special Victims Unit and Community Prosecution Dionne McGee oversees the program, working alongside Community Prosecutor Claire Farley. Dedicated to finding real solutions to crime problems in our neighborhoods, both community prosecutors hold regular office hours at police precincts throughout DeKalb, attend countless Homeowner and Community Association meetings and participate in numerous community events.
Additionally, our community prosecutors identify “frequent flyers,” or repeat offenders − who are known to go through the courts as if they’re going in and out of a revolving door − and then share that information with fellow prosecutors, who, in turn, inform judges to help them determine appropriate sentences.
If needed, our community prosecutors direct defendants to therapeutic treatment. In some instances, they personally prosecute cases of “frequent flyers” or those of particular interest to a community.
Our Community Prosecution Program also tackles nuisance properties – those properties known within the community to sustain criminal activities – through the filing of civil nuisance abatement actions. Learn more about nuisance abatement here.
If you have a community concern, you can reach Claire Farley at email@example.com.
To reach one of our community prosecutors, please contact the Solicitor-General’s Office at (404) 371-2201 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.