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S.J.R. 2 Enrolled






Chief Sponsor: Luz Robles

House Sponsor: Ryan D. Wilcox

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This joint resolution of the Legislature urges state and local governments to work
             11      together to combat and reduce gang activity.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This resolution:
             14          .    urges state and local governments to take a comprehensive, collaborative, and
             15      communitywide approach to combat and reduce gang activity; and
             16          .    acknowledges sports, arts, academic, targeted counseling, and employment
             17      programs as a means to counter gang recruitment.
             18      Special Clauses:
             19          None
             21      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             22          WHEREAS, the limitless potential of children, youth, and adults is jeopardized when
             23      they fall prey to gang recruitment and intimidation;
             24          WHEREAS, gang activity jeopardizes the civil rights, safety, and well-being of all
             25      members of the community, whether individuals are associated with gangs or not;
             26          WHEREAS, gangs become chronic and serious problems in communities where key
             27      organizations are inadequately integrated and not available to target gang-involved youth;
             28          WHEREAS, gang activity should be understood as a complex socioeconomic
             29      phenomena that requires political and educational approaches as well as cultural awareness,

             30      appropriate prevention and intervention, family and community wellness, and gang specialist
             31      and police intervention strategies;
             32          WHEREAS, the most effective way to address gang violence is through a
             33      comprehensive, collaborative, and communitywide approach;
             34          WHEREAS, gang activity can be reduced in targeted neighborhoods by incorporating
             35      a broad spectrum of research-based interventions to address the range of personal, family, and
             36      community factors that contribute to juvenile delinquency and gang activity;
             37          WHEREAS, four key concepts for gang prevention and intervention are identifying the
             38      needs at the individual, family, and community level and addressing those needs with a
             39      coordinated, comprehensive response; conducting an inventory of resources in the community
             40      and creating plans to fill in gaps in services and leveraging existing resources to support
             41      effective gang reduction strategies; applying research-based programs across appropriate age
             42      ranges, risk factor categories, and agency boundaries; and encouraging coordination and
             43      integration of resources at the local, state, and federal levels;
             44          WHEREAS, the goal of primary prevention is to focus on the entire population and
             45      high-crime, high-risk communities;
             46          WHEREAS, the goal of intervention is to focus on active gang members and their
             47      close associates to provide a combination of services and opportunities, while holding these
             48      groups accountable for their actions;
             49          WHEREAS, the goal of suppression is to focus on gang leaders by undertaking
             50      aggressive prosecution efforts; and
             51          WHEREAS, local, state, and federal resources should be integrated to incorporate
             52      state-of-the-art practices in prevention, intervention, and suppression to enhance pro-social
             53      influences in the community:
             54          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah
             55      strongly urges state and local government agencies, through a comprehensive, collaborative,
             56      and communitywide approach, to work to reduce gang activity in targeted neighborhoods by
             57      incorporating a broad spectrum of research-based interventions to address the range of

             58      personal, family, cultural, and community factors that contribute to juvenile delinquency and
             59      gang activity.
             60          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature urges communities, civil rights
             61      groups, media, elected officials, gang prevention specialists, educational, cultural, and law
             62      enforcement organizations, the community, and active gang members to work towards
             63      mediating conflict and suppressing gang violence.
             64          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature acknowledges sports, arts,
             65      academic, targeted counseling, and employment programs as a means to enhance the future of
             66      the community and counter gang recruitment.
             67          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Utah
             68      League of Cities and Towns, the Utah Association of Counties, the Utah Department of Public
             69      Safety, the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, the Utah State Office of
             70      Education, and the Utah Department of Health and Human Services.

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