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Gang Crime: Effective and Constitutional Policies to Stop Violent Gangs

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Publication Date: June 2007

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): David B. Muhlhausen; Erica Little

Series: Legal Memorandum

Topic: Government (Central or federal government)
Justice (Crime and criminals)

Keywords: Crime; Operation Ceasefire; gangs; violent crime

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


To address gang-related crime appropriately, the national government should adhere to federalist principles and limit itself to tasks that are within its constitutionally designed sphere and that state and local governments are not well situated to perform. State and local governments are the most appropriate level of government to develop policies to prevent and suppress most gang-related crime.