law enforcement


Being labeled a gangster could land you in prison longer, even if you're a regular criminal

In response to gang violence in Los Angeles in the 1980s, California passed a law that allowed for sentencing enhancement — lengthening — if the convicted criminal was a member of a gang. It allows prosecutors to stiffen the sentence for certain types of crimes. But figuring out who's a gang member — and who isn't — isn't always as clear-cut as it sounds.