Serial No. 109-50: Gang Deterrence and Community Protection Act of 2005: Hearing before the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, First Session on H.R. 1279, April 5, 2005   [open pdf - 8MB]

From the opening statement of J. Randy Forbes: "This bill will create new criminal gang prosecution offenses, enhance existing violent crime penalties to deter and punish criminal gangs, and enact violent crime reforms needed to effectively prosecute gang members. This is a tough bill. Make no mistake about it, we recognize there are those who want it softer. But criminal gangs in America are not soft, and the crimes they commit are real, and they are hard. Only a tough bill will stop these gangs and protect innocent victims from the hard pain of these vicious crimes. We are saying that the following is not acceptable in America: gangs that fuel their activity with narcotics trafficking, carjacking, and illegal gun trafficking; gangs that engage in human trafficking, rape, and prostitution; gangs that use firearms and other deadly weapons in the commission of crimes; and gangs that brutally rape, kill, and maim. This bill, when enacted, will bring a new force to bear on gang activity in our country. It will provide increased Federal effort to assist local law enforcement in targeting and federally prosecuting violent criminals who are associated with criminal gangs. The bill will encourage partnerships across all levels of government and ensure the success of these partnerships through the expansion of resources and intelligence." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: J. Randy Forbes, Robert C. Scott, John Conyers, Jr., Patrick J. Fitzgerald, Paul A. Logli, Michelle Guess, Robert E. Shepherd, Jr., Sheila Jackson Lee, James D. Fox, Kenneth C. Bauman, Michael A. Fry, Roy L. Burns, Wesley D. McBride, Eddie J. Jordan, Jr., Donald Baldwin, Chuck Canterbury, Dennis Slocumb, James J. Fotis, Michael J. Bouchard, Richard Delonis, William J. Johnson, Felipe A. Ortiz, Thomas N. Faust, Casey L. Perry, Tyrone Parker, Laura W. Murphy, Julie Stewart, Thomas W. Hiller, II, Leonidas Ralph Mecham, Janet Murguia, Morna A. Murray, Jason Ziedenberg, David G. Wilson, and Nancy Bartley.

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