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H.B. 342

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GANG PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION

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1997 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Sponsor: Raymond W. Short

5    AN ACT RELATING TO THE STATE SYSTEM OF PUBLIC EDUCATION; CLARIFYING
6    IN THE GANG PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION CHAPTER THAT "AT RISK"
7    MEANS "AT RISK FOR GANG INVOLVEMENT"; AND MAKING TECHNICAL
8    CHANGES.
9    This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
10    AMENDS:
11         53A-15-601, as last amended by Chapter 105, Laws of Utah 1995
12    Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
13        Section 1. Section 53A-15-601 is amended to read:
14         53A-15-601. Appropriation for program -- Program requirements -- Distribution
15     of funds to school districts.
16        (1) The Legislature shall provide an annual appropriation from the Uniform School Fund
17    to the State Board of Education for a gang prevention and intervention program designed to help
18    students at-risk [students] for gang involvement stay in school [and], enhance their self-esteem,
19    and improve their intellectual and life skills.
20        (2) The program shall:
21        (a) provide independent gang prevention and intervention both inside and outside of school
22    grounds when necessary, including:
23        (i) meetings with gang members and other students whose activities negatively impact
24    students in the program;
25        (ii) intervening in situations involving gangs that impact students in the program or can
26    result in violence;
27        (iii) in-home visits with families of students in the program designed to encourage parents


1    to become involved in their child's education; and
2        (iv) notifying law enforcement personnel when a particular problem cannot be defused or
3    when required by law; and
4        (b) h [[manage] managing individual case files and [maintain] maintaining profiles on
4a     [at-risk ] MAINTAINING REQUIRED INDIVIDUAL INFORMATION INCLUDING PROFILES ON h
5    and high-risk] h [ students ] EACH STUDENT h receiving direct services through the program,
5a     including:
6        (i) attendance records;
7        (ii) academic records; and
8        (iii) extra-curricular activities.
9        (3) The program coordinator at each school [must] shall:
10        (a) be on the school grounds during school hours;
11        (b) have received training on gang prevention and intervention strategies in the schools;
12        (c) have an understanding of the cultural backgrounds of gang members and at-risk
13    students and be aware of the potential for gang involvement in all situations; and
14        (d) have a minimum of one year's experience or on-site training in gang related issues
15    inside the schools.
16        (4) Individual schools within each school district interested in providing a gang prevention
17    and intervention program shall apply to the school board for funds.
18        (5) Individual schools shall be required to provide a percentage of the funding necessary
19    for the program in their school, at least one-half of which must be provided through in-kind
20    services. In-kind services may not include office space and support. Percentage requirements
21    shall be as follows:
22        (a) elementary schools, 12%;
23        (b) middle, intermediate, or junior high schools, 18%;
24        (c) high schools, 25%.
25        (6) Individual schools receiving funds may provide the program to their students by
26    contracting with a private entity whose program meets the requirements set out in Subsections (2)
27    and (3).

lilac-February 17, 1997

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Legislative Review Note
    as of 1-24-97 5:01 PM


A limited legal review of this bill raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel


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