Street Gang Patterns and Policies / Edition 1

Street Gang Patterns and Policies / Edition 1

by Malcolm W. Klein, Cheryl L. Maxson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195163443

ISBN-13: 9780195163445

Pub. Date: 07/27/2006

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


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? Street Gang Patterns and Policies is a crucial update and critical examination of our understanding of gangs and major

Overview


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? Street Gang Patterns and Policies is a crucial update and critical examination of our understanding of gangs and major gang-control programs across the nation. Often perceived solely as an urban issue, street gangs are also a suburban and rural dilemma. Klein and Maxson focus on gang proliferation, migration, and crime patterns, and highlight known risk factors that lead to youths form and join gangs within communities. Dispelling the long-standing assumptions that the public, 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. Klein and Maxson close by offering valuable policy guidelines for practitioners on how to intervene and control gangs more successfully. Filling an important gap in the literature on street gangs and social control, this book is a must-read for criminologists, social workers, policy makers, and criminal justice practitioners.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195163445
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/27/2006
Series:
Studies in Crime and Public Policy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
697,000
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Part One
1. Gang Prevalence, Proliferation, and Migration
2. Gang Crime Patterns
3. Six Major Gang Control Programs
Part Two
4. Individual Level Context: Risk Factors for Joining Gangs
5. Gang Structures and Group Processes
6. Community Contexts
Part Three
7. Multiple Goals for Gang Control Programs and Policies
8. A Model for Policy Choices
Notes
Bibliography
Index
PART I
1. Gang Prevalence, Proliferation, and Migration
2. Gang Crime Patterns
3. Six Major Gang Control Programs
PART II
4. Individual Level Context: Risk Factors for Joining Gangs
5. Gang Structures and Group Processes
6. Community Context
PART III
7. Multiple Goals for Gang Control Programs and Policies
8. A Model for Policy Choices

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