The following bullets and interactive visualization provide highlights of gang-related legislation (state and federal) across the country.
52 jurisdictions (including all 50 states, the District of Columbia (DC), and the United States (U.S.)) have enacted legislation that can be leveraged to investigate gang-related criminal activity, apprehend and prosecute criminals, reduce gang involvement, and protect citizens.
45 jurisdictions (including 43 states, DC, and the U.S.) have laws that define gang-related terms.
41 jurisdictions (including 39 states, DC, and the U.S.) have passed laws that may be used to prevent gang violence, reduce gang involvement, and suppress gang-related crime.
44 jurisdictions (including 43 states and the U.S.) have laws that prohibit racketeering, money laundering, criminal enterprise, or criminal profiteering.
51 jurisdictions (including 49 states, DC, and the U.S.) have laws that provide for penalties (including enhanced penalties), fines, or damages for gang-related criminal acts.
20 jurisdictions (including 18 states, DC, and the U.S.) have laws that prohibit carjacking.
32 jurisdictions (including 31 states and DC) have laws that prohibit graffiti.
33 jurisdictions (including 31 states, DC, and the U.S.) have laws on gangs in schools and establishment of education programs/courses.
18 jurisdictions (including 17 states and the U.S.) have enacted laws that authorize the operation and use of criminal intelligence systems (including gang-related databases) and the development and use of criminal intelligence information.
46 jurisdictions (including 44 states, DC, and the U.S.) provide for some form of data reporting or sharing related to criminal gangs or gang-related activity.
43 jurisdictions (including 41 states, DC, and the U.S.) have some form of forfeiture laws.
29 jurisdictions (including 27 states, DC, and the U.S.) have laws that authorize, fund, or require training or technical assistance related to gang prevention, intervention, or suppression.
37 jurisdictions (including 35 states, DC, and the U.S.) have enacted laws to establish a funding mechanism to support the prevention of gang violence, reduction of gang involvement, and suppress gang-related activity.
The following visualization displays gang-related laws by jurisdiction and subject. The map displays jurisdictions from the 50 states, DC, and the federal government (U.S.), totaling 52 jurisdictions. A darker color indicates a larger number of gang-related laws. Users can select a jurisdiction on the map to view the number of gang-related laws and associated subjects. To select multiple jurisdictions, hold down the CTRL key and click. Users can also select a subject in the chart to view the jurisdictions with gang-related laws in that subject. To reset the visualization, click the reset button in the bottom right corner.