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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Thursday, March 11, 2010

"Criminal Prosecutors Push for Tougher Gang Laws"

The story is at FindLaw. In part:

Police and prosecutors say changes would strengthen the law by defining "criminal gangs" and "criminal gang members," to broaden the types of crime considered gang activity.

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Some of the proposed revision of the existing gang prevention act that would define a member as someone who fits at least two of these categories:

  • You proclaim yourself a member.
  • You use a gang's name, sign or symbol.
  • You associate with other known gang members and demonstrate aspiration to become a member by adopting style of dress, tattoos or hand signals or participate in gang activities.
  • The prison system has determined you are a gang member.
  • Photos or electronic communication provide evidence of your gang membership.

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