Highlights of Gang-Related Legislation
(updated December 2012)
All 50 states and the District of Columbia (DC), have enacted some form of legislation relating to gangs or gang-related activity.
42 states and DC have legislation that defines “gang.”
14 states have legislation that defines “gang member.”
31 states define “gang crime/activity.”
29 states have passed gang-prevention laws.
30 states have laws that provide for enhanced penalties for gang-related criminal acts.
15 states and DC have enacted anticarjacking statutes.
More than half the states have laws against graffiti.
26 states and DC have legislation on gangs and schools.
11 states have enacted laws that deal with gang-related databases.
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