Civil Gang Injunction

Feb 3rd, 2012
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In a 2–3 page pager, using APA formatting, describe what a civil gang injunction is and provide an example of a situation in which a CGI was successful and one in which the CGI was challenged.

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Civil Gang InjunctionNameClassDateProfessorCivil Gang Injunction Civil gang injunctions refer to a public nuisance injunction designed to eliminate disruptive behavior associated with gang activity. Gangs gather in certain areas in a community creating a public nuisance. The state or district attorney can request an injunction from the court which will forbid the gang from gathering or engaging in activities. The goal is to suppress gang activity by giving police the authority to arrest gang members based on the civil gang injunction (CGI). A public nuisance is anything that disturbs the peace of a community from loitering to selling drugs. Normal gang activity is suppressed when a CGI is put into place. Civil gang injunctions provide critical advantages to police departments trying to disrupt gang activity, as well as to the residents living in areas afflicted by gangs (Hynes, 2011). In many cases the hands of police are tied when gangs gather and take over a community but with the injunction they have more authority to act. Gangs engage in violent crime but they also engage in other types of crimes such as prostitution, vandalism, acts of violence, and the sales of drugs. They also intimidate and coerce members of the community to ignore their crimes. Any type of behavior that causes fear in the community members or disrupts the whole community can be considered a public nuisance. Police can enforce the injunction which could forbi

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