The Dent Act was a law that was passed after the death of Harvey Dent. It was a law that was so effective that it wiped out organized crime by locking up all 1000 mobsters in Gotham City for eight years after the Joker's reign of terror upon Gotham City as well as the death of Dent himself. The law, in part, allowed for gender separation in prisons to cease as well as create stricter penalties. Its main feature denied parole to the men Dent's prosecution locked up. Thus, all the 549 mobsters Dent locked up and the rest later arrested would be off the streets for good.
The Dark Knight RisesEdit
- "This man has been given to you as the shining example of justice! You have been supplied with a false idol, to stop you from tearing down this corrupt city! Let me tell you the truth about Harvey Dent from the words of Gotham’s police commissioner, James Gordon. "The Batman didn’t murder Harvey Dent, he saved my boy, then took the blame for Harvey’s appalling crimes so I could, to my shame, build a lie around this fallen idol. I praised the madman who tried to murder my own child, but I can no longer with my lie. It is time to trust the people of Gotham with the truth, and it is time for me to resign.""
- ―Bane [src]
- "Those men locked up for eight years in Blackgate, and denied parole under the Dent Act, based on a lie?""
- ―John Blake [src]
The importance of Dent's prosecution 8 years ago was that he locked up 549 of the 1000 mobsters in Gotham. Because of that, the mayor was worried that after 18 months of jail, the mobsters would try to use any dirt found on Harvey to appeal and undo the prosecution. Since there was no dirt on Harvey from Batman taking the rap for his murder spree, the mobsters failed at appeal. And with the mob leaders dead and the Joker arrested, locking up the rest of the mobsters still on the streets was easy. With the Dent Act denying parole, all 1000 mobsters were locked up for good and organized crime died.
Bane stole a speech from James Gordon, which he read outside of Blackgate Prison, which was a revelation of what Harvey Dent did after he lost Rachel Dawes at the hands of the Joker's thugs. This definitely prompted the inmates of Blackgate to riot before they were "liberated" by Bane's men. They then joined Bane and Talia (who was under the guise of Miranda Tate) in their "revolution." After Batman and the GCPD took Gotham back, the Dent Act was then eliminated.