Friday, December 26, 2008

Civil Lawsuits Being Tried To Fight Gangs

I ran into a very interesting article in the Chicago Sun-Times about something that has been going on in DuPage County. Civil lawsuits are being filed against suspected street gang members. The lawsuits allows officials to seek money damages from gang members who break the law and allows officials to get court orders against these gang members barring them from engaging in any gang activity. Those activities include flashing gang signs, showing tattoos, hanging out with other known gang members and barring them from certain towns and suburbs where gang activity is known to occur. This practice started in California in the 1980's and has been tried in Texas and Minnesotta.

To read the full article click here.

According to a Chicago police spokeswoman, this is something that Chicago is reviewing.

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