Gang Enhancement Laws (for or against?)

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  1. Bay Area

    Bay Area Silver Belt

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    This topic deals with gang members so I doubt there will be a lot of sympathy from WR posters.

    In California, they have Gang Enhancement time that can be applied to the back end of a sentencing.

    For example, say I am a gang member, and I rob and assault someone.
    The judge gives me 10 years for the crime, but then tacks on an additional 10-15 years, simply because I was in a gang.

    So now I get 25 years for a robbery.

    So what
     
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  2. Tropodan

    Tropodan Silver Belt

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    Misguided kids or no, their threat is the same. The likelihood of them ceasing to be a very dangerous public concern is marginal.

    My problem is how will they determine if someone is a gang member.
     
  3. faustian

    faustian I'M NOT A MONSTER Platinum Member

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    They should throw RICO charges at them as well
     
  4. Bay Area

    Bay Area Silver Belt

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    True. Which is why they should be sent to prison...for the crime only.
    Why slap on an additional 10-15 years on a kid? What purpose does it serve?
     
  5. sabretruth

    sabretruth Too many notes

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    You really think it would take the same amount of time for a gang member to see what a rotten POS he is and turn his life around as it would take someone else?
     
  6. Bay Area

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    No one can answer that. And what do you mean by someone else? A crime is a crime right? If a regular person shoots someone, and a gang member shoots someone, they both shot someone. How do we know who will rehabilitate faster? Further, should a pedo receive less time than a gang member? I don't see them slapping on pedo enhancements.

    And I don't know how old you are, but Im 36, and I was not the same person I was when I was 16.
     
  7. spamking

    spamking Click, click, boom!

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    I have a hard time being sympathetic to gang members. Does anyone have an stats on how often members are successful with getting out and living a productive life?

    How common is it for a member to wake up and see the need to move on and get away from the gang life?
     
  8. kpt018

    kpt018 Gold Belt

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    More laws and punishments that are focused on poor inner city minority kids? I wish I was surprised by this.

    Why is it that no one is proposing that we give more jail time to guys that steal millions from investors?

    Our idea of justice needs work. A kid steals a $10k car and he's getting 20 years or whatever. Guy steals $50 million from retirement funds and he gets 10 years in a white collar prison. Makes sense.
     
  9. jackietreehorn8

    jackietreehorn8 fine

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    I think you misrepresented what "gang enhancement" charges are. Your spoiler clarified..

    It's not just...you're in a gang, you commit a crime, you get those extra years. There needs to be a link between what you did and the gang you're in.


    I don't think I have a problem with this. I do think there are already too many people in prison, but these guys are part of criminal organizations - I believe "organized" crime is worse than a one-off robbery or something. These are the type of people that need to be locked up simply because they can't be trusted to be free. I'm not into the "revenge" prison sentences that are simply meant to punish someone. I am into prison sentences that keep dangerous people from doing more dangerous shit out in society.

    I do think kids under 17 should be given some leniency consideration though...they're not so deep into the gang that they're hopeless. But if you're 27 and have a history of gang related crimes and get caught again, this tells me you're not planning on ever getting out or doing anything other than be a POS with your life....so that guy can go to jail for a long ass time.
     
  10. Bay Area

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  11. Bay Area

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    ehhhhh...I guess so. But gang members tend to cause gang related crimes. I guess if a gang-member punches his mom or something, he won't get the enhancement.

    But one doesn't need to be an official member, to get the enhancement. If I am hanging out with my quote/ un-quote home boys, and they are gang members, and I am not, and we all go out one night, get drunk, and they assault someone, I am guilty by association and will get the enhancement.
     
  12. ben236

    ben236 Silver Belt

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    If you didn't participate in the assault, why would you get charged with anything?

    If you did participate in the assault, then yes, you might get the gang enhancement charge depending on the circumstances of the assault.

    And the guy you replied to seems to be right. And your OP is highly misleading.
     
  13. spamking

    spamking Click, click, boom!

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    How about a gang member getting charged with a hate crime AND receiving the enhanced punishment?

    Talk about a double whammy . . . .
     
  14. Bay Area

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    ok, here are some more examples:

    See example number 2. Do you see how this is a grey area? Nicole "helps" threaten. What does "helps" mean? She is guilty by association.

    And again below:

    So again, its vague and all encompassing
     
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  15. ben236

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    "Helps threaten" can mean a lot of things and I'm not going to speculate as to what it means in this context without being given more specifics. It's up to a jury of your peers to determine whether or not you "helped threaten" during the crime. And just because you were there, doesn't mean you helped threaten.

    Anyways, going back to your bar example. You shouldn't be charged at all if you didn't participate in the assault. Even if you did participate, you (nor anyone else) might not be given a gang enhancement charge.

    This part is key:
    So if you and your group assaulted the guy because he gave one of you guys the stink eye, or was checking out your girl. Then there shouldn't be a gang enhancement charge because the assault was not committed with the specific intent of advancing the interests of the gang in it's criminal ventures. If you assaulted him because he was a member of a rival gang, then you WOULD get the gang enhancement charge.

    I haven't yet concluded whether this law is a good thing or not but what I have concluded is that your OP is misleading.
     
  16. Bay Area

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    Yeah but every gang crime is in the "interests" of the gang. This isn't the mafia. Gangbangers fuck up shit for no other reason than to do it. Gangster activity is enough to get the enhancement

    Another example:

    Now does random arson advance the interests of the gang? Financially no. But they are just fucking shit up just to do it. Gang activity includes assaults, arson, rape and other random shit. Now even if Jake isn't an official member, he gets the gang enhancement. Why you may ask? Because:

    http://www.lacriminaldefensepartner...california-penal-code-186-22-pc/#.U3pHIF_D_Z4
     
  17. AgentOrange24

    AgentOrange24 Ice Cold

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    If the interests of the gang is to fuck shit up, then they can spend extra time in jail fucking shit up there, away from civilized society.
     
  18. Bay Area

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    Lol.

    You never fucked shit up as a kid? How would you feel about getting 30 odd years as a 16 year old?
     
  19. LogicalInsanity

    LogicalInsanity Co-Founder of SDLS (Sexual Deviant Leftist Scum)

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    I hate to sound like an authoritarian here, but I absolutely support these laws.

    Gangs do engage in unlawful activities and do nothing to contribute to society, their communities, etc.

    And I hate this "poor misguided kid" symphathy line, as if that is a mitigating factor. Growing up without a father or in an indigent home doesn't excuse you from aggravated assault, attempted murder, or running Trains on women.

    These laws are completely just. If you want to stay out of prison or avoid these extra years tacked onto crimes, don't break the laws on the books and don't affiliate yourself with Gangs.

    Pretty simple if you ask me.
     
  20. Devout Pessimist

    Devout Pessimist You Are What You Is

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    Simple solution: Don't join a gang and don't commit crimes.

    Also, I don't buy the excuse that 16 year old kids don't know any better. The majority of 5 year old children know the difference between right and wrong. I remember as teenagers we used to joke that we should commit a crime before we turn 18 so we can get away with it.

    If you haven't figured out that is wrong to vandalize building, steal from others and physically harm people by 16 you probably should be in prison for 25 years.
     

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