Patsy Austin-Gatson, District Attorney: A Trailblazer for Justice and Equity in Gwinnett

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In the vibrant and diverse community of Gwinnett County, District Attorney Patsy Austin-Gatson stands tall as a beacon of progress and change. As the first woman and African American to hold this esteemed position, she has shattered barriers and transformed the culture of the District Attorney’s Office. With a steadfast commitment to prosecution, justice, and equity, Austin-Gatson has spearheaded remarkable initiatives that have made a lasting impact on the county she serves. As she seeks re-election in the Democratic Primary on May 21, 2024, let’s take a closer look at her impressive accomplishments and unwavering dedication to the people of Gwinnett County.

Holding Those Accountable and Protecting Victims

One of Austin-Gatson’s groundbreaking achievements has been her unwavering commitment to holding criminals accountable and ensuring the safety and well-being of victims. Under her leadership, the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office became the first in Georgia to prosecute fentanyl overdose deaths against drug dealers, sending a powerful message that drug-related tragedies will not go unpunished. Her relentless pursuit of justice has resulted in an impressive 100% murder conviction rate for 2024, providing closure to grieving families and making the county a safer place to live.

Furthermore, Austin-Gatson’s Drug & Gang Task Force has achieved an exceptional 96% conviction rate, dismantling criminal networks and safeguarding communities from the grip of drugs and violence. By targeting these sources of instability head-on, she has demonstrated her unwavering dedication to preserving the peace and security of Gwinnett County.

Recognizing her outstanding efforts, Austin-Gatson was awarded the prestigious 2022 Georgia Child Fatality Review Committee Metro County of the Year for her data collection initiatives aimed at preventing child deaths. Through her visionary approach, she has ensured that the most vulnerable members of society receive the protection they deserve.

Changing the Culture of the District Attorney’s Office

Austin-Gatson’s historic election as the first African American and first woman to hold the seat of District Attorney in Gwinnett County has been a watershed moment in the county’s history. Her victory over a 28-year incumbent showcased her determination, resilience, and ability to inspire change. As an advocate for diversity and inclusion, she has assembled a team of over 70% talented and diverse professionals in various roles within the District Attorney’s Office. By fostering an inclusive environment, Austin-Gatson has set a new standard for excellence and representation in the legal field, ensuring that the voices of all Gwinnett County residents are heard.

Experience and Education

With a robust educational background, Austin-Gatson’s knowledge and expertise have been instrumental in her ability to deliver effective and equitable justice. Graduating from Syracuse University and Emory University School of Law, she honed her legal skills and deepened her understanding of the law. Austin-Gatson’s experience extends to the Supreme Court and Courts of Appeals in Georgia, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and U.S. District Courts.

Providing Restorative Justice

Recognizing the importance of restorative justice, Austin-Gatson established the Conviction Integrity Unit, which aims to rectify wrongful convictions and ensure the integrity of the criminal justice system. By acknowledging the potential for errors and actively addressing them, she has demonstrated a commitment to fairness and accountability.

To combat the school-to-prison pipeline and provide opportunities for rehabilitation, Austin-Gatson initiated the groundbreaking 2nd Chance Programs, RED and RYZER, which focus on educating and empowering juveniles and young adults aged 17 to 28. These programs offer a path away from incarceration, equipping young individuals with the tools and resources they need to rebuild their lives and make positive contributions to society.

Community Outreach

Austin-Gatson understands the importance of engaging with the community and nurturing the next generation of leaders. Through her Junior D.A. and Investigator Program for High School Students, she has provided invaluable opportunities for young minds to explore the world of law and order, inspiring them to pursue careers in justice and advocacy. Additionally, she initiated the first-ever Citizens Academy, fostering transparency and ensuring that the community has a voice in the decision-making process.

A Message from D.A. Patsy Austin-Gatson

“Since taking office in 2021, as the first woman and African American, I have continued to deliver for the people of Gwinnett County. I am committed to upholding the values of prosecution, justice, and equity. As your District Attorney, I fight to bring positive progressive change by holding those who commit crimes accountable, protecting victims, and providing opportunities to keep our youth from entering the criminal justice system. Together, we can achieve the goal to educate, not incarcerate!”

Your Vote Matters: Support D.A. Patsy Austin-Gatson on May 21st

District Attorney Patsy Austin-Gatson’s remarkable achievements and transformative leadership have left an indelible mark on Gwinnett County. As the first woman and African American to hold this esteemed position, she has fearlessly advocated for accountability, justice, and equity. Her groundbreaking initiatives, such as prosecuting fentanyl overdose deaths and achieving high conviction rates for murder and drug-related crimes, showcase her unwavering commitment to public safety.

Moreover, Austin-Gatson’s emphasis on diversity and inclusion has reshaped the culture of the District Attorney’s Office, ensuring that talented individuals from all backgrounds can serve and make a difference. With her Conviction Integrity Unit and innovative 2nd Chance Programs, she has demonstrated a commitment to restorative justice and rehabilitation.

Through community outreach programs like the Junior D.A. and Investigator Program and the Citizens Academy, Austin-Gatson has fostered trust, transparency, and engagement with the people.
On May 21, 2024, let your voice be heard by casting your vote in support of District Attorney Patsy Austin-Gatson. Together, we can continue to build a brighter future, rooted in justice, equity, and the pursuit of a safer, more inclusive Gwinnett County. Let’s win again!

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