The number of shootings reported inside Santa Ana’s Townsend Street gang injunction zone remained essentially unchanged before and after the zone was implemented. Critics say it’s evidence that the injunction isn’t working, but Police Chief Carlos Rojas says the picture isn’t so clear.
James Spady and Alex Scott write that gang injunctions are overhyped in terms of results and should be replaced with crime prevention programs instead of being expanded by District Attorney Tony Rackauckas in places like Santa Ana, Placentia, and elsewhere in the county.
The study, done by a Bay Area-based nonprofit that advocates for minority communities, found Santa Ana’s gang injunction in the Townsend Street neighborhood will not necessarily reduce serious crime in the long run and further erodes residents’ trust of police.
The District Attorney’s Office says the December killing of a 17-year-old provides justification for a gang injunction in Santa Ana’s Townsend Street neighborhood. Defense attorneys say prosecutors are exploiting the death.