U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government, Department of Justice.

NCJRS Virtual Library

The Virtual Library houses over 235,000 criminal justice resources, including all known OJP works.
Click here to search the NCJRS Virtual Library

Utilizing Civil Injunction to Combat Gangs: Part 2

NCJ Number
Law Enforcement Quarterly Volume: 28 Issue: 2 Dated: Summer/Fall 1999 Pages: 34-37
Brian J. Whitbread; Susan Mazza
Date Published
4 pages
This article describes how to obtain a civil injunction to stop crime and violence caused by gangs in specific neighborhoods.
The basic steps of getting an injunction are: (1) Identify the problem; (2) Identify the defendants to be named in the injunction; (3) Identify and describe the target area; (4) Collect evidence; (5) Prepare the order; (6) Obtain the order; (7) Notify the defendants; and (8) Final disposition: trial/prove-up hearing. The successful implementation of a gang injunction requires constant vigilance in the target area; no violation should be ignored and support by police administration is key. A gang injunction is not the answer for every community or police jurisdiction; every neighborhood is different. Every attempt to use alternate law enforcement resources must be exhausted before an injunction is sought. Further, individual communities need to develop a follow-up strategy to the gang injunction. It does not do any good to target 20 gang members and have 20 new "wannabes" follow in their footsteps.