Local street gangs are growing and getting harder to police, according to officials from nine out of 11 law enforcement agencies who spoke to SANDAG for a study released this week.
A possible reason, they said, is the state’s prison realignment effort, which shortens sentences for low-level offenders and relies more heavily on local jails and probationers. The hammer of incarceration just isn’t as intimidating these days.
But San Diego State University gang researcher Dana Nurge said “the verdict’s still out” on realignment’s effect.
“I think we need to keep an eye on it and see whether these perceptions are actually true,” said Nurge, who wasn’t involved with the SANDAG study.