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Beefing Up Anti-Gang Laws

January 23rd, 2008 by flanews

An increasingly bleak revenue outlook for the state has legislators wary of any proposed bills that ask for money. But increasing gang violence may be cause for opening the state purse.

Gang violence would be considered organized crime under legislation introduced in Tallahassee on Wednesday. The expanded definition would allow more arrests, but up police costs. Sponsor William Snyder of Stuart says it would be money well spent.

“The infrastructure and public safety are one of the primary reasons government exists. We have to protect the citizens of Florida and my message will be as we work this bill that we really have no reasonable alternative but to commit the funds to fight this problem. That we just have to do.”

The bill proposes to increase penalties for s convicted gang member who fails to register with law enforcement once released from prison. It will also give life sentences to gang leaders. The hope is to reduce and stop the growth of gangs.

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