What are the most recent statistics you have for the Gang Unit?
Since the inception of the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Gang Unit in July 2005, 10,604 cases have been filed across the county; 2 on death row; 6,682 prison commitments; 50,104 years + 297 life terms in state prison; 3,158 gang enhancements have been found true and 417 were found guilty by jury trial.
Our office currently has several intervention and prevention programs aimed at preventing gang crime.
GRIP - Gang Reduction Intervention Partnership. GRIP is a partnership with the Rialto Police Department and the Rialto Unified School District that was created two years ago by Deputy District Attorney Cary Epstein. The program is directed towards second, fifth, and seventh grade students who are taught about the dangers of gangs, choices and consequences for joining gangs, peer pressure and ways to deal with it, alternatives to gangs, and learning to respect others. Also included is a parent program to instruct the parents of warning signs of their child's potential gang involvement as well as the providing them other resources to combat it. The parent program also included a component on truancy to explain to parents the importance of school attendance and how truancy leads to delinquency. To date, 2,000+ students across the county have said no to gangs and drugs and yes to a healthy lifestyle.
FLIP - Fontana Leadership and Integrity Program. FLIP is an academy for kids from the Fontana Unified School District. In the program, the District Attorney provides five Deputy District Attorneys who explain different aspects of the criminal justice system to at-risk teens, as well as the dangers of gangs, drugs, and alcohol.
Gangs and Drugs Task Force - Headed by the San Bernardino County Schools, this task force meets once a month to look at different community programs focusing on eradicating drugs and gangs.