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NCJ Number: 149147 Find in a Library
Title: Building Abatements: A Community Based Policing Tool of the Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney
Author(s): J K Hahn
Corporate Author: Los Angeles City Attorney's Office
United States of America
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: Los Angeles City Attorney's Office
Los Angeles, CA 90012
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

Los Angeles City Attorney's Office
200 N Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program Description (Model)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Los Angeles uses the building abatement process as one of the most powerful and effective methods for combating ongoing drug and gang activity in a community.
Abstract: California abatement laws generally state that property owners can experience fines, jail, and/or loss of real property if they cause, maintain, or permit a property to become a public nuisance. Thus, a landlord or property owner who fails to take reasonable steps to prevent a pattern of illegal drug or gang activity can face major penalties, including the seizure of the property. Some of the first building abatements in Los Angeles were instituted against owners of motels and hotels routinely used for prostitution. Since the initial effort, the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office and abatement officers from the Los Angeles Police Department have forced property owners to take specific remedial action that has been proven to be effective in reducing ongoing gang and drug activity. After identifying the specific nuisance, police and prosecutors meet with the property owner to make specific recommendations regarding lighting, security systems, repairs, graffiti removal, and trash cleanup. Property owners usually comply voluntarily with the recommended improvements. Prosecutors can use several sections of the code, depending on the type of nuisance activity. The abatement process is an easy, cost- effective, and powerful method of combating gang and drug activity. Figures and list of applicable sections of the Los Angeles code
Main Term(s): Gang Prevention
Index Term(s): California; Civil proceedings; Drug law enforcement; Injunctions; Municipal ordinances; Regulations compliance; Security codes and ordinances
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