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Cracking down on gangs

Cracking down on gangs After tough laws and harsh jail terms, focus turns to discouraging new members Byline: By Jerome Burdi Staff Writer Staff Writer Jennifer Gollan contributed to this report. Gang violence killed fewer people in Palm Beach County last year, and investigators credit tougher laws and stiffer jail sentences. Now they're turning more attention to stopping new members from joining. "We can't arrest our way out of it," county Violent Crimes Task Force Lt. Michael Wallace said. Drive-by shootings with assault rifles, so common here over the past few years, are down. Gang-related homicides locally dropped in 2008 to 34, down from 44 in 2007, according...