Civil Gang Abatement: The Effectiveness and Implications of by Edward L. Allan

By Edward L. Allan

Civil gang abatement is an cutting edge therapy using civil injunctions to strive against public nuisance task by means of gangs. This procedure has been promoted as a problem-oriented reaction to gang difficulties. Allan examines even if the method of buying a "gang injunction" accommodates the first dimensions of problem-oriented responses: flexibility and neighborhood involvement. Flexibility is clear within the even distribution of projects between 3 different types: high-drug, high-crime, and high-disorder. facts of group involvement is vulnerable, a result of loss of neighborhood enterprises in gang-plagued neighborhoods, the low-profile nature of the tasks, and the possibility of retaliation opposed to individuals. even if the expectancy for neighborhood involvement in gang injunction tasks might be tempered, civil gang abatement is a suitable method of local gang difficulties.

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Cooperation by the community raises the certainty of sanction while lowering the necessity of applying more severe sanctions to obtain a deterrent effect, which in turn leads to even greater cooperation by residents (Kahan 1997). Gang loitering ordinances, curfews, and civil injunctions are legal interventions for which the severity of sanction is relatively low and the certainty of sanction is relatively high (Kahan 1997). Violations are classified as minor misdemeanors or civil contempt carrying, at most, relatively short periods of incarceration.

The Los Angeles City Attorney (LACA) Gang Prosecution Section (1995), which pioneered the use of injunctions against gangs in 1987, also claims a problem-oriented approach in its injunction initiatives. Declaring the ultimate goal as providing a vehicle for the coordination of various community-based policing efforts to improve the quality-oflife in neighborhoods, the strategy is described as a coordinated effort between law enforcement agencies and local residents to reduce illegal gang activity.

Mimicry is often evident in the stereotypical language found in both state statutes and local ordinances. In enacting a local ordinance, a municipality may use findings from other cities/towns as a basis for the ordinance. This may lead to the ordinance being stricken by the courts because it has no foundation in the local circumstances that it was intended to address. However, the United States Supreme Court has approved of the reliance of local governments on the experiences of other jurisdictions when drafting ordinances (City of Erie v.

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