The problem of gangs and gang subculture is a growing threat to the stability of neighborhoods and entire communities. During the past two decades, gang members have increasingly migrated from large urban centers to suburban areas and other countries. This book addresses the intricacies and diversities of street gangs, drawing on the expertise of high-ranking law enforcement officials monitoring terrorist activity and gang-related crimes as well as professional private investigators who have spent several decades investigating gangs and learning their subculture, lifestyle, motivations, and relationships.
Ideal for supplemental reading in gang violence courses on criminal justice, sociology, law, and psychology, this comprehensive anthology presents thorough coverage of a notoriously difficult subject. It explores the following key topics:
Like any type of crime, street gang criminal activity cannot be totally eliminated. This book aims to provide a better understanding of gangs so that we can influence today’s potential gang members to make the right decisions for their sake and the sake of society.
Violence and Youth: A Growing Relationship?
Jeffery Bledsoe and Dale L. June
Effect of Gang Culture on Juveniles
Religion and Criminal Gangs: A Perspective
Seven Pathways into and Out of Gangs
Gang Culture in the United States
Mohamad A. Khatibloo
If Drugs Abuse Is the Answer, Then What Is the Question?
Michael S. Oden
Use of Technology by U.S. Gangs
Street Gang Graffiti
In Defense of a Gang Member: Sample Gang Expert Witness Report
Evolution of Gangs from History to Today: Predictions and Recommendations for the Future
Johnnie (last name anonymous due to employment restrictions)
"Presumed Guilty" or "Dirtying Up the Defendant": Criminal Gang Enhancement Prosecutions in California and Police/Prosecution Misconduct
Epilogue: Impact of Gangs Prison Population to Parole and Recidivism
Appendix A: Gang Survey
Appendix B: Conclusions from Gang Information Survey
Gregorio Estevane and Mohamad A. Khatibloo
Appendix C: California Street Terrorism Enforcement and Prevention Act