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A gang enforcement sign on Milwaukee Avenue (Flickr/Cory Doctorow)

Listen to this conversation about gangs on Eight Forty-Eight

It used to be that the beat cop and confidential informants were among the big weapons law enforcement used to catch the "bad-guy" gangbangers.

But more and more, the “good-guys” are using the courts and computer to catch or deter members of organized crime.

A group of experts in the fields of law and order join us to discuss the newer and different ways in which authorities are fighting gang activity: Ernest Brown is Police Chief in Darien, Illinois. Before that, he spent nearly three decades as a member of the Chicago Police Department, including several years as the head of its organized crime unit. 

James "Chips" Stewart is Director of Public Safety for CNA’s Institute for Public Research Safety and Security Division.

And Joseph H. McMahon is the State's Attorney for Kane County.

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