Instructions

The National Gang Center is in the process of updating the Legislation section of the NGC website. The statutes, which now include a more expansive listing of gang-related laws, are still organized by state and by subject/category. Listings continue to provide the gang-related laws’ statutory citations and proper names. However, rather than offering a static excerpt of each gang-related provision, users are directed to find the full provisions on each state’s official state code website. The individual state code website URLs are provided with each state’s listing and with each state’s section within the category listings in NGC’s Legislation section. This approach will enable users to access statutory changes (e.g., a new law, an amendment to or repeal of an existing law) as soon as the state updates its official code.

To find the full, official text of a particular statute, look up the section number on the state’s official code website using that site’s search function. Each state’s heading within NGC’s legislation listings contains that state’s associated website URL.

For example, to find “Fla. Stat. § 812.133”:

  1. Go to Florida’s statute website at http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/.
  2. Enter the section number 812.133 into the search box toward the top of the page.
  3. Florida’s website will return the result(s) for Fla. Stat. § 812.133.

NOTE: In some states, the state law is organized into chapters (e.g., 720 Ill. Comp. Stat. § 5/12-2) or consists of different codes (e.g., California Penal Code, California Education Code). If so, select the chapter (e.g., the number “720” indicates the chapter number in the citation 720 Ill. Comp. Stat. § 5/12-2) or code before entering the section number in the search box.

Alternatively, users may copy the full official citation (e.g., Fla. Stat. § 812.133) into a search engine of their choice (for example, using Google to search for the aforementioned citation: https://www.google.com/search?q=Fla. Stat. § 812.133) to help locate the law on the state’s official website and the websites of other providers that offer online legal information, such as state and federal statutes, case law, and legal news and analysis.