Attorney General will present new gang bill in Yakima Monday
YAKIMA, Wash- Yakima may be getting some long awaited help from Olympia in dealing with it's gang problem. Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna will be in town today to announce a new anti-gang bill.
It could mean millions for gang prevention and intervention. If passed it would allow the government to seize property proven to be related to criminal street gang crimes. Gang-related behaviors that are not already crimes would become misdemeanor offenses.
The bill also seeks to impose tougher sentencing. Street-gang related gun offenses would not be eligible for deferral, meaning judges could not avoid finding gun offenders guilty of a crime.
When dealing with adult gang members, the penalties for gang activity near schools or school related property would double.
The scope of the gang intimidation law would also expand. It's currently illegal to threaten someone for refusing to join a gang but only if the person being threatened or doing the threatening is a public school students. The new law would apply to everyone.
The announcement is Monday November 15 at Miller Park at 1 p.m..