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Gangs - Legislation

This section presents a sample of links to online Federal and State legislation and testimony.

Federal Legislation

Following are examples of specific pieces of Federal legislation concerning gangs and the prevention of gang activity:

  • Community-Based Gang Intervention Act - acknowledges and addresses social conditions such as poverty, homelessness, inadequate educational systems, and limited economic opportunities in developing a comprehensive gang violence reduction strategy.
  • Gang Deterrence and Community Protection Act of 2007 – Amends the Federal criminal code to modify and expand prohibitions against criminal street gang activity, including forfeiture provisions.
  • Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) – The RICO statute was created to deal with organized crime in the United States. It is known for its ability to confiscate from those convicted of violating the RICO statute any and all property associated with the criminal enterprise in question. The statute is also used to prosecute gang members accused of criminality.

To conduct a search of Federal legislation, visit Congress.gov.

State Legislation

On the National Gang Center (NGC) Web site, there is a Compilation of Gang-Related Legislation. Using automated databases and working with a variety of entities, NGC updates this page with new and updated gang-related legislation information. The legislation can be viewed by state or by gang-related subject. 

To learn more legislation that has been enacted or introduced in a specific state, conduct a search of the state's legislature Web site. See the State Legislatures Internet Links section of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Web site to locate appropriate sites. NCSL may also be of further assistance in obtaining additional information about legislation at the state-level.

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