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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1326         FILED ON: 1/16/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1376

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Carlos Henriquez

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to gang prevention task force.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Carlos Henriquez

5th Suffolk

Carlo Basile

1st Suffolk

Michael F. Rush

Norfolk and Suffolk

Martin J. Walsh

13th Suffolk

Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

Thomas P. Conroy

13th Middlesex

Marcos A. Devers

16th Essex

David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex

Paul A. Schmid, III

8th Bristol

Thomas M. Menino, Mayor

City of Boston


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1326        FILED ON: 1/16/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1376

By Mr. Henriquez of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1376) of Carlos Henriquez and others for legislation to establish a task force (including members of the General Court) relative to sentencing and enforcement of gang-related crimes.  The Judiciary. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to gang prevention task force.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1.There shall be a task force that consists of 15 members, 1 of whom shall be the attorney general, or a designee, who shall serve as chair of the task force; 1 of whom shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives; 1 of whom shall be appointed by the Senate President; 2 of whom shall be the chairs of the joint committee on public safety and homeland security; 2 of whom shall be the chairs of the joint committee on the judiciary; 1 of whom shall be the secretary of the executive office of public safety and security, or a designee; 1 of whom shall be the secretary of the executive office of health and human services, or a designee; 3 of whom shall be appointed by the governor, including at least one representative from a community-based organization with a focus on gang violence prevention; 1 of whom shall be appointed by the mayor of the capital city of the commonwealth; 1 of whom shall be a representative of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association; and 1 of whom shall be a representative of the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association. The task force shall study ways in which the commonwealth can encourage the prevention of gang violence and gang activity, and provide an assessment of current laws and programs concerning the sentencing and enforcement of gang-related crimes.

              The task force shall conduct a comprehensive review and evaluation of state and municipal laws and programs related to the prevention of gang-related crimes and the sentencing and enforcement of these crimes, and their effectiveness.  The evaluation shall include, but not be limited to, the current landscape of laws and enforcement tools available for gang-prevention in the commonwealth; local and national best practices for the prevention and reduction of gang-related crimes and activity; and existing gang injunction laws and programs throughout the United States.  The task force shall also assess whether civil actions authorizing injunction relief, through criminal penalties for any violations of injunctive orders and through the forfeiture of profits, proceeds, and instrumentalities acquired, accumulated, or used by criminal street gangs, are effective means of punishing and deterring criminal street gang activity. 

              The general court finds that there are criminal street gangs operating in various cities and towns throughout the commonwealth and that the number of gang-related crimes is increasing. It is the intent of the general court in enacting this law to seek eradication of criminal street gang activity by focusing on their patterns of criminal activity and their organized nature, which together are the chief source of terror created by criminal street gangs.  The task force shall operate under the declaration that it is the right of every person to be secure and protected from fear, intimidation, and physical harm caused by the activities of violent groups of individuals. It is not the intent of the general court to interfere with the exercise of the constitutionally protected rights of freedom of expression and association.

              The task force shall submit its findings and recommendations with the clerks of the house of representatives and senate, the joint committee on public safety and homeland security, and the joint committee on the judiciary not later than one year from the effective date of this act.

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