State Cracks Down on Gang Violence

Gov. Bill Haslam held a ceremonial bill signing in Memphis yesterday for legislation (HB 196/SB 202) that rewrites and simplified the criminal gang offense enhanced punishment law. According to the Chattanoogan, gang-related crimes are of increasing concern across Tennessee, in the state’s rural and urban communities, and the bill changes the definition of “criminal gang offense” from a vague and broad definition to a specific list of offenses that will make it easier for prosecutors to seek a greater sentence.