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Do gang injunctions work?




A homeless man walks down the street as a new day begins in the Wall Street area where the homeless have waken up before dawn to dismantle their beds and encampments before businesses open October 12, 2007 in the downtown Skid Row area of Los Angeles, California.
A homeless man walks down the street as a new day begins in the Wall Street area where the homeless have waken up before dawn to dismantle their beds and encampments before businesses open October 12, 2007 in the downtown Skid Row area of Los Angeles, California.
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Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich filed an injunction yesterday targeting drug dealers and gangs in the skid row area. Eighty known criminals, so-called commuter drug dealers, would be prohibited from traveling to skid row, where drug deals are common, and often involve recovering addicts and the homeless. Will the ban reduce crime? What, if any, sway will a new law hold over career criminals? What will enforcement look like and who will carry it out? Guest host David Lazarus gets the skinny.

Guests:

Blake Chow, Commander, Operations-Central Bureau, Los Angeles Police Department

Andy Bales, CEO, Union Rescue Mission

Gary Blasi, Professor of Law, UCLA

Kevin Michael Key, Community Organizer, United Coalition East Prevention Project