Using RICO Laws to Control LA Gangs

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In their effort to go after LA-s notorious 18th Street Gang, federal prosecutors have used the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act, better known as RICO. Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton says LA gangs are worse than the Mafia, which RICO was designed to control. While Bratton and Mayor Jim Hahn have called for increased federal intervention and more use of RICO, critics counter that street gangs are disorganized crime and a far cry from the Mafia that Bratton encountered as New York police commissioner. We hear more about the worth and wisdom of using RICO against Southland gangs from Father Gregory Boyle, who runs an employment referral center for at-risk youth in Boyle Heights, and from George Cardona, chief assistant to the United States Attorney in its Los Angeles office.
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