Highlights of Gang-Related Legislation
(updated December 2013)

  • All 50 states and the District of Columbia (DC) have enacted some form of legislation concerning 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.”

  • 28 states have passed gang-prevention laws.

  • 30 states have laws that provide for enhanced penalties for gang-related criminal acts.

  • 14 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.

  • 12 states have enacted laws that deal with gang-related databases.