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The Gang Abatement and Prevention Act: A Counterproductive and Unconstitutional Intrusion into State and Local Responsibilities

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Publication Date: September 2007

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

Author(s): Erica Little; Brian W. Walsh

Series: WebMemo

Topic: Justice (Crime and criminals)

Keywords: Crime; Crime; constitution; federalism

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


The best way to combat gang crime is to adhere to the principles of federalism by respecting the allocation of responsibilities among national, state, and local governments.