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Md. House votes to make prosecuting gang members easier

The Maryland House of Delegates has approved legislation to make it easier to prosecute gang members.

The House voted 111-28 on Tuesday for the measure.

The bill was introduced to close loopholes in the Gang Prosecution Act of 2007, which prosecutors say hasn't worked because the law is too loosely defined to battle pervasive gang crime in the state.

The current law has resulted in only one guilty plea and not one conviction by a jury in nearly three years.

But opponents say the legislation is too sweeping and will lead to the incarceration of youths who happen to be in a gang but aren't responsible for crimes.

The bill now heads to the Senate.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 6, 2010; 1:57 PM ET
Categories:  Gangs , Maryland , Politics  
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