Schiff has long fought to end gang violence, dating back to his days as a federal prosecutor and State Senator, when he saw firsthand the damage that gangs cause in our communities. In 2009, Schiff introduced the Gang Prevention, Intervention, and Suppression Act, which would create new criminal gang offenses and require harsher penalties for illegal gang members who are convicted of those crimes, while focusing on providing new resources for community-based programs that seek to prevent future gang activity.
The bill takes concrete steps in fighting gang violence by increasing federal support for law enforcement, and by cracking down on gang offenders and increasing penalties for those gang members who terrorize our communities. Of equal importance to Schiff, the legislation also takes the next step in prevention and intervention efforts to protect our children from gang violence.
This bill implements a similar prevention and intervention-based model as the landmark juvenile delinquency legislation that Schiff passed when he was in the State Legislature -- the Schiff-Cardenas Crime Prevention Act of 2000. The State legislation was the first time that California invested as much in prevention of crime as in the suppression of crime.