Highlights of Gang-Related Legislation
(updated December 2016)

  • All 50 states and the District of Columbia (DC) have enacted some form of legislation relating to gangs or gang-related activity.

  • 44 states and DC have legislation that defines “gang.”

  • 15 states have legislation that defines “gang member.”

  • 31 states define “gang crime/activity.”

  • 29 states have passed gang-prevention laws.

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

  • 32 states have laws against graffiti.

  • 28 states and DC have legislation on gangs and schools.

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