S. Hrg. 108-429: Combating Gang Violence in America: Examining Effective Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement Strategies: Hearing before the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Eighth Congress, First Session, September 17, 2003 [open pdf - 4MB]
This hearing is on the issue of the problem of gang violence in America. The problem of gang violence is not a new one, nor is it a problem limited only to the urban areas. Once thought to be only a problem of our Nation's largest cities, gangs have invaded smaller communities. Gangs in America are no longer the romanticized, movie-like characters depicted in "West Side Story". In reality, gangs now resemble organized crime syndicates, who readily engage in gun violence, illegal gun trafficking, illegal drug trafficking, and other serious crimes. While we are all committed to fighting the global war on terrorism, we must redouble our efforts to ensure that we devote sufficient resources to combating this important national problem. Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Richard J. Durbin, Dianne Feinstein, Orrin G. Hatch, Patrick J. Leahy, Jeff Sessions, Grant D. Ashley, Christopher J. Christie, Patrick Fitzgerald, Eddie J. Jordan, Wesley D. McBride, Robert P. McCulloch, and Debra W. Yang.
S. Hrg. 108-429; Senate Hearing 108-429; Serial No. J-108-42
Government Printing Office, Committee on the Judiciary, http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/senate/senate14ch108.html