Gang Injunctions and Abatement: Using Civil Remedies to Curb Gang-Related Crimes, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Gang Injunctions and Abatement

Using Civil Remedies to Curb Gang-Related Crimes, 1st Edition

By Matthew D. O'Deane

CRC Press

662 pages | 85 B/W Illus.

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As gang violence continues to rise across the country and the world, police departments, prosecutors, and community members are seeking new methods to reduce the spread of gang-related criminal activity. Civil gang injunctions have become a growing feature of crime control programs in several states across the nation. Gang Injunctions and Abatement: Using Civil Remedies to Curb Gang-Related Crimes examines the effectiveness of this strategy and explores the accompanying constitutional controversies related to freedom of speech, assembly, and other rights.

Questions raised by this thought-provoking volume include:

  • What are the costs of gang violence to society?
  • Do civil remedies curb violence in the communities where they are implemented?
  • What factors make a given injunction or abatement more or less effective?
  • What legal and policy issues stand in the way of gang injunctions and abatement?

Providing step-by-step instructions on how to establish a successful injunction and abatement program, the book presents comprehensive research on the theoretical basis for the strategy. It includes a legal and chronological progression of actual cases and their outcomes, describing weaknesses and successes in various programs. Supplying succinct guidelines from lessons learned, the book enables prosecutors, police agencies, and the public to take steps toward eradicating gang activities in their communities.

Table of Contents


Steps 1 to 5 of the Injunction Process

Steps 6 to 10 of the Injunction Process

Literature and Policy

Gang Injunction and Gang Abatement Theory

Legal Criticism of Gang Injunctions

Research Methodology

Results of 25 Injunction Studies

Police Officers from 25 Gang Injunction Areas Surveyed

Research and Conclusions about Effectiveness

Year 1982

Gang Injunctions 1990–1999

Gang Injunctions 2000–2009

Year 2010

Gang Injunctions Outside California

How Many Gangs, Gang Members, and Gang Injunctions Are There?

Gang Injunctions, Gang Abatement, and the Law

Gang Abatement Program Elements

Graffiti Abatement

Private Property Owners’ Role and Liability, CPTED, and Crime-Free Multihousing

About the Author

Matthew O’Deane has been a California police officer since 1992. Over half of that time, he has been tasked with targeting gangs. He worked for the National City Police department for ten years before moving to the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office as an Investigator in the Bureau of Investigation where he investigates gangs on a daily basis. He earned a Ph.D. in public policy, master’s degree in public administration, and bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Dr. O’Deane is a professor for the University of Phoenix, Kaplan, and National Universities. He is a featured presenter at national and international law enforcement and academic conferences and he is a contributing author to several law enforcement magazines and journals.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Security / General
LAW / Criminal Law / General
LAW / Forensic Science