skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 228289 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Gang Prosecution Manual
Author(s): John Anderson; Mark Nye; Ron Freitas; Jarrett Wolf
Corporate Author: National Youth Gang Ctr
c/o Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR)
United States of America
Date Published: July 2009
Page Count: 121
Sponsoring Agency: National Youth Gang Ctr
Tallahassee, FL 32317
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2007-JV-FX-0008
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America

National Youth Gang Ctr
c/o Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR)
P.O. Box 12729
Tallahassee, FL 32317
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Instructional Material
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Prepared by working prosecutors and investigators from different States, this manual assists local prosecutors and investigators in preparing for a gang-related crime prosecution, from the initial crime-scene investigation to preparing and presenting the case, followed by sentencing specific to gang cases.
Abstract: Section 1, which focuses on the investigation of the gang case, contains information on every aspect of cooperation between law enforcement and prosecution personnel in gang-related investigations. Topics addressed include police documentation of gang affiliation and activity, legal considerations in obtaining gang records, resources that can assist in documenting gang affiliation of defendants, gang databases, search warrants, and the use of informants. Section 2 discusses the group dynamics of gang-related crimes and the associated legal concepts of conspiracy liability. Also considered are the ways that investigators can respond to crime scenes with multiple participants, gang expert testimony related to group crimes, and dealing with those who aid and abet gang-related crimes. Section 3 contains guidelines for filing gang cases, which are likely to be the most complex cases filed by a prosecutor, Preparation for filing the case is described, along with further investigation that may be required, the decision regarding whether a case should be filed in juvenile or adult court, decisions about filing against accomplices/accessories, and filing issues specific to murder trials. Section 4 focuses on the presentation of the case, as it discusses witness issues, the presentation of gang-related evidence, issues in the admissibility of evidence, gang-related expert testimony, and jury-related issues specific to gang cases. The concluding section of the manual addresses sentencing issues in gang cases. Topics covered are sentencing issues during filing, alternatives to criminal filings, how filing in juvenile or adult court may impact sentencing, sentencing options for gang-related offenders, and appropriate conditions of probation for street-gang members. 4 exhibits
Main Term(s): Juvenile/Youth Gangs
Index Term(s): Case management; Case processing; Conspiracy; Gangs; Group behavior; Investigative techniques; Juvenile sentencing; OJJDP grant-related documents; Police casework; Police prosecutor relations; Prosecution; Prosecutor training; Prosecutorial discretion; Sentencing factors; Specialized investigative units
Note: Downloaded October 26, 2009
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.