Partnership on gangs reaps benefits

Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2008

ANCHORAGE - A partnership in Anchorage aimed at gangs, guns and drugs is reaping some benefits.

The program started with two Anchorage city prosecutors and one legal assistant working in the U.S. Attorney's Office a year ago.

Since then, more than three dozen individuals have been indicted. Twenty-two of those defendants have already been sentenced to more than 140 years in prison.

Mayor Mark Begich said the tougher laws and stricter penalties in the federal system are making a huge difference.

The legal assistant and the prosecutors are paid with a combination of money from the city and the Department of Justice.

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