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Jan 6, 2009: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Plan- The United States federal government should enact the Gang Abatement and Prevention Act of 2009. Funding and Enforcement guaranteed.
Observation 2- Solvency
The Gang Abatement Act would solve it gives the required funding and prosecution necessary to stop gangs—Which is proved by its support by the National Sheriffs Association
Ted Kamatchus, President of the National Sheriffs Association. Letter to Dianne Feinstein, National Sheriffs Association. January 29, 2007 http://www.sheriffs.org/userfiles/file/Gang%20abatement%20and%20prevention%20act%202007.pdf accessed June 7, 2009
I write to you on behalf of the National Sheriffs' Association to express strong support for the Gang Abatement and Prevention Act of 2007. This much needed legislation takes a necessary step toward addressing the growing epidemic of gang violence that is affecting our entire nation and has even stretched into some of our most rural communities. The National Sheriffs’ Association is the voice of 3,087 elected sheriffs across the country and the largest association of law enforcement professionals in the United States. As chief law enforcement officers in many jurisdictions across the country, sheriffs are aware that gang activity has been directly linked to the narcotics trade, human trafficking, identification documentation falsification and the use of firearms to commit deadly shootings. Thus, NSA recognizes the importance of the programs and initiatives the Gang Abatement and Prevention Act promotes. The Gang Abatement and Prevention Act of 2007 would effectively address the growing problem of gang violence by creating a rational strategy to identify, apprehend, and prosecute gangs across the nation. Specifically, the bill would provide for the designation of High Intensity Interstate Gang Activity Areas (HIIGAAs) to identify, target and eliminate violent gangs in areas where gang activity is particularly prevalent.Such a program is integral to the cooperative efforts of local law enforcement to effectively deal with gang related activities. While our top priority is to fully restore funding for the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program, we believe that sheriffs would also benefit from the authorization of $1 billion to assist Federal, State and local law enforcement efforts to combat gang violence and promote gang prevention. Sheriffs hold the well-being and safety of their constituents as their highest priority. Appropriate funding, however, is necessary to effectively maintain safe communities. The Gang Abatement and Prevention Act aptly recognizes this need and allows for sheriffs to address the maladies of gang violence in schools, in local communities, and even across jurisdictions. The Gang Abatement and Prevention Act of 2007 is a comprehensive piece of legislation that addresses both the enforcement and prosecution aspects of the battle against gang violence. The National Sheriffs’ Association and its member sheriffs fully support this legislation and thank you for your continued support of law enforcement.