H.R. 1279/S. 155
Gang Deterrence and Community Protection Act of 2005/ Gang Prevention and Effective Deterrence Act of 2005
Final Status: Passed House, Never Became Law
Ineffective and Costly Federal Intrusion in State Law Enforcement
HOUSE APPROVES GANG BILL, May 11, 2005
Last Minute Changes Raise Concerns
The manager's amendment to the gang bill includes a dangerously broad definition of "crime of violence" that is certain to have unintended consequences. Diverse groups from the business and civil rights communities strongly opposed the near identical language before it was stripped from a Senate bill last year.
Opposition to S.155
Opposition to H.R. 1279
- "Better Ways to Fight Gang-Related Crime," Washington Post, August 30, 2005.
- "No Silver Bullet for Youth Gangs," Washington Times, August 29, 2005.
- "Gang Bill Takes Cue From Organized Crime Legislation," Washington Post, July 17, 2005.
- "An Abridged View of the Gang Deterrence and Community Protection Act (H.R. 1279)," CRS, June 13, 2005.
- "Ganging Up on Crime," Edwin J. Feulner, The Heritage Foundation, May 19, 2005.
- "Ill-Served By Harsh Minimums," St. Petersburg Times (Florida), May 17, 2005.
- "Gang Busters and Court-Busters," Daytona Beach News-Journal, May 16, 2005.
- "The House Overreaches," Washington Post, May 16, 2005.
- "Anti-Crime Hysteria in the U.S. Congress," Miami Herald, May 12, 2005.
- "North American Youth Gangs: Patterns and Remedies," Stephen Johnson, The Heritage Foundation, April 21, 2005.
- "The Gang Act Needs Modification," Paul Rosenzweig, The Heritage Foundation (regarding Senate Gang Bill of 2004).