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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GANG CRIME PREVENTION PLANS BETWEEN 2004 AND 2007 PROBLEM STATEMENT: The debate on which form of crime prevention plan, incarceration of gang members between boundary limitations, is best able to deal with Southern California gang members is a matter of much concern for the residents and city-dwellers of California. There have been many issues with criminal activities in many of the surrounding cities of Los Angeles and Southern California. I believe that there are many incentives which residents can participate in to help minimize the amount of crime and gang threat that has been established in the state of California for the past 10 years. RESEARCH QUESTION: This study addresses the following research question: Which form of crime prevention plan, incarceration of gang members between boundary limitations, is best able to deal with Southern California gang members between the years 2004-2007? It is important to understand this significant case due to the fact of the crime rates increase in the state of California between the years 2004 to 2007. In an effort to help out the citizens in the cities of southern California, the Superior Court of the Los Angeles County has been attempting to establish plans that will help reduce the amount of criminal activity in the areas surrounding Los Angeles. ...read more.


Growing up in California and seeing gang activity throughout his years, Breyer announced that the idea of longer incarceration periods was going to be one of the options that the court was definitely going to look in to. After many submissions by many departments from all around the country were made, the Supreme Court came with the breaking down of decisions to only three options. They were: Longer incarceration and bigger fines, boundary limitations, and restriction of weapons and armory from crime felons (8). The court asked police officers around the state and also asked other law enforcement agencies to help with their opinions of what should be proposed and why (9). In a matter of weeks, the court was flooded with suggestions and tips on what should and should not be chosen for the issue and why. One of the suggestions came from the Santa Ana Police Department arguing how they should release the option of restricting felons from the possession of weapons, knowing that from past experiences within the department that it would be a major controversial issue and how it would anger many people. It also bothered people for the fact that they would fight the issue in court if it ever came into effect. With this in consideration, the court made little effort to keep that idea going and ended that option there before it became big (10). ...read more.


Since the injunction was temporary, it ended its effect in January 22, 2007 (15). Until this day, gang crime and warfare had dramatically decreased and has been regulated by police officers from departments all around the county. It was a great plan designed to reduce the violence from gangs and it managed to work out in an orderly manner. I am sure that even though the injunction was lifted, the courts will have no problem placing it back in effect if anything major between gangs was to occur. FOOTNOTES 1. Marvin R. Summers. Law and order in a democratic society. Upper Saddle River: Merrill (1998) ; 74 2. Michael Agopian. Los Angeles County gang alternative prevention. Washington, D.C.: Bureau Of Justice Statistics (1991) ; 69 3. Franklin E. Zimring. Estimating the effect of increased incarceration on crime in California. New York: California Policy Seminar (1995) ; 4 4. William Dunn. The Gangs of Los Angeles. New York: iUniverse (2007) ; 22 5. Zimring, p. 83 6. John Rourke. Taking Sides: Clashing Views in World Politics (Taking Sides). Dubuque, Iowa: Mcgraw-hill/dushkin (2009) ; 18 7. Rourke, p. 63 8. Gordon Hawkins and Sam Kamin. Crime and Punishment in California: The Impact of Three Strikes and You're Out. Montebello: University Of California (2001) ; 152 9. Zimring, p. 133 10. Zimring, p. 54 11. Agopian, p.13 12. Zimring, p. 69 13. Agopian, p. 27 14. Agopian, p. 102 15. Dunn, p. 67 ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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