Marisa Harris, a supervising attorney at Loyola Law School
Our Experts have lived that life for many years. They know the ends and outs of the gang lifestyle and mentality. Not only have they lived it but all of them have faced life sentences and have came out of that lifestyle, as well as out of decades in prison to a new productive life style. They all have made drastic changes and have been helping people in their communities heal and make new paths while In prison and since paroling. They can advise defenses counsel and district attorneys how to analyze gang allegations and rebut unsupported and unsupportable opinions often offered by police gang experts, leading to more resolutions aimed at rehabilitation. Such experts can also effectively advise juvenile clients about how to transition out of a street gang and guide them to enter the most appropriate existing community-based gang prevention programs. Teaching at-risk youth to cope with the problems associated with living in impoverished, unsafe and gang-infested neighborhoods that caused them to join a gang in the first place is the most effective way to resolve delinquency cases and reduce recidivism. They can also help with mitigation during sentencing.
No, not all crimes are gang crimes. People do a lot of different things that do not benefit any gang. People do things to benefit themselves and have other very personal situations that have nothing to do with thier gang. There are many different examples of these crimes: personal issue with another person, domestic violence, stealing to support a drug habit or to survive to name a few.
It really depends on the gang experts experience, training, and education. You will need to talk to each expert to settle on a fair compensation. Generally speaking anywhere from $250-$300 an hour, could be more depending on the experts experience.
No, not everyone that commits a crime is a gang member.
Yes, they can change their life. A great example is all the gang experts who have served long sentences and were involved in gangs heavily. All of them have been released, got educated, and have been working in the social work field for years giving back and showing others there is a different and better life then the lies were sold and bought into as youth.
• Help be the liaison between you and the client.
• Some people will be found to be guilty and will get sentenced to prison. We can give them a game plan on how to survive and give them resources to change their life. Maybe they will be released soon we can connect them to re-entry services.
• Help counter any unjust, unscrupulous, and unfounded arguments.
• We can see things that you can’t because we have personally lived that life. This gives us a unique perspective that can have drastic and impactful value to your client’s case.
• Help in cases that have to do with people in institutions such as juvenile hall, CYA’s, county jails, state and federal prisons.
• Help in immigration cases on why to not deport someone.
• Share mitigating factors for sentencing.
• Gang cases.
• Cases that have to do with prison culture and politics.
• Immigration cases.
• Sentencing mitigation.
• Resentencing Hearings.
• We will need a Retainer Agreement that specifies how many hours we will be compensated for.
• We will need to review relevant materials: psych evals, law enforcements gang expert testimony, info on client's youthfulness, upbringing/prior trauma, and anything else relevant to assist us in forming our opinion.
• After that we will need the referral questions.
• We will need all the preliminary reports, police reports, discovery, police gang expert testimony, any psychological evaluations, and anything that will help us view the entire case and client as a whole person approach to best form our opinion.
• We will want to visit the client to solidify and better form our opinion. Remember a client might talk more freely with us then you,
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PC 186.22b: the defendant committed, or attempted, a crime for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with a criminal street gang, and when the defendant committed the crime, he/she intended to assist, further, or promote criminal gang-related conduct.
Challenging false narratives about gang members and the motives for the crimes they commit. Examples of false narrative are-
1. Every crime a gang member commits is for the benefit and promotion of the gang.
2. All gang members present must actively participate in or assist in criminal activity or suffer punishment by gang members.
We effectively argue that there are many reasons that gang members commit crimes, "for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with a criminal street gang, and when the defendant committed the crime, he/she intended to assist, further, or promote criminal gang-related conduct" is not always the case. In fact, for most crimes that gang members commit that is rarely applicable. We aim to bring accurate information regarding gangs, gang culture and norms to promote equitable solutions in the courtroom.