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Location: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States

Raised in Palouse, WA. Graduated from Washington State University. US Army (Counterintelligence). US Secret Service (Technical Security Division) in Fantasyland-on-the-Potomac and Los Angeles. Now living in north Idaho.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Prosecuting Gang Cases - What Local Prosecutors Need to Know

"Gangs are spreading; they are on your doorstep even if you don't realize it." With those words the American Prosecutors Research Institute introduces its 49-page monograph titled Gang Cases - What Local Prosecutors Need to Know. It was prepared in April 2004 by Alan Jackson, Deputy District Attorney, Hardcore Gang Division, Los Angeles County District Attorneys Office. Since 1999, DDA Jackson has specialized in the vertical prosecution of violent gang members.

The monograph's topics include:
  • What gang evidence can prove: the tip of the iceberg
  • Why do gang members join gangs
  • Will the real defendant please stand up
  • Turf, territory, and membership
  • Witness problems in gang cases
  • California's STEP* Act as a model
  • Getting the most out of a gang expert

*California Street Terrorism Enforcement and Protection Act