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October 24th 2015:Encore: Are You a Gang Member? The DA Might Think So. - The Abuse of Gang Injunctions and Enhancements

California enacted the "Street Terrorism Enforcement and Prevention (STEP) Act - Penal Code 186.22 to help fight the rise of gang crimes in the 1980's. It was a powerful tool for prosecutors, enhancing the sentence of anyone convicted of committing a crime for the benefit of or at the direction of a gang. But today PC 186.22 is being abused and misused by prosecutors to force non-gang members to accept lengthy sentences in plea negotiations or face even longer sentences if convicted of PC 186.22. This week we will speak with noted gang expert, Martin M. Flores about how more and more p

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Martin M Flores

Mr. Flores has over 20 years of professional experience working with gangs throughout Southern California. He grew up in the Boyle Heights area of East Los Angeles and after the loss of his youngest brother to a drive by shooting in 1994, he redirected his energy to work with gangs in order to redirect the minds of young people and get them on a different path. Mr. Flores has organized conferences in juvenile facilities, worked with gang intervention workers and is continuously involved in Los Angeles City and County wide efforts to address gang issues. He has testified as a gang expert in Los Angeles, Ventura, Riverside, and Orange Counties. Mr. Flores has consulted on over 200
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