State AG Looks to Increase Funding For Anti-Gang Programs

When he’s not busy fighting health care reform, state Attorney General Rob McKenna is fighting gangs (presumably by limiting their access to health care).

From the Yakima Herald:

To try to stem the tide [of gang violence, McKenna] will propose spending $10 million for gang prevention and intervention, stiffer sentence enhancements for gang crimes and empowering local governments and property owners to keep gangs out of certain areas.

McKenna’s 48-page bill not only seeks unprecedented funding for gang prevention and intervention programs throughout the state but proposes to clamp down on intimidation from gang members and recruiting efforts by making such actions a felony. The measure also would stiffen penalties for teens caught illegally carrying a gun.