Idaho Supreme Court upholds gang-recruiting law

Idaho Supreme Court upholds gang-recruiting law

by
Mitch Coffman
January 10, 2012
Mitch Coffman
January 10, 2012

In 2008, Simona Manzanares from Caldwell was accused by authorities of recruiting teenagers and young children to join a gang while attending social events, such as concerts.

Under the Criminal Gang Enforcement Act it is illegal to recruit persons with the intention of having them join a gang. Manzanares said that gangs do not solely exist for committing crimes, but rather provide other benefits to members, such as cultural and social benefits.

The high court, in its 39-page ruling, said that the Idaho law was OK, and that any association or "material support" of a gang was illegal.

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