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Street gang patterns and policies

Malcolm W. Klein Cheryl Lee Maxson


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  • Title:
    Street gang patterns and policies
  • Author: Malcolm W. Klein
  • Cheryl Lee Maxson
  • Description: Gang prevalence, proliferation, and migration -- Gang crime patterns -- Six major gang control programs -- Individual level context : risk factors for joining gangs -- Gang structures and group processes -- Community contexts -- Multiple goals for gang control programs and policies -- A model for policy choices.
    In the past two decades, many prevention and suppression programs have been initiated on a national and local level to combat street gangs, but what do we really know about them? Why do youths join them? Why do they proliferate? This book provides a crucial update and critical examination of knowledge about gangs and major gang control programs across the nation. Often perceived as solely an urban issue, street gangs are also a suburban and rural social problem. The authors focus on gang proliferation, migration, and crime patterns and highlight known risk factors that lead to youths joining gangs and to gang formation within communities. Dispelling long-standing assumptions that the public, and the media and law enforcement, have about street gangs, they present a comprehensive overview of how gangs are organized and structured. The authors assess the major gang programs across the nation and argue that existing prevention, intervention, and suppression methods, targeting individuals, groups, and communities have been largely ineffective when evaluated. They close by offering policy guidelines for practitioners on how to intervene and control gangs more successfully. This book fills in a gap in the literature on street gangs and social control.
  • Local Note: Dr. Michael J. Witkowski Collection
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press
  • Format: viii, 310 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
  • Identifier: ISBN 0195163443;ISBN 9780195163445
  • Subjects: Gangs -- United States; Gangs -- United States -- Prevention; Juvenile delinquency -- United States -- Prevention; Gangs -- États-Unis; Gangs -- États-Unis -- Prévention; Délinquance juvénile -- États-Unis -- Prévention; Gang prevention; Gangs; Juvenile delinquency -- Prevention; Jugendbande; Jugendkriminalität; Prävention; United States; USA
  • Language: English
  • Source: 01DAL UDM ALMA

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