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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.

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Street Gang Patterns and Policies provides a crucial update and critical examination of knowledge about gangs and major gang control programs across the nation. Malcolm Klein and Cheryl Maxson here 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. Klein and Maxson close by offering 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 will be a must read for criminologists, social workers, policy makers, and criminal justice practitioners.

About the Author

Malcolm W. Klein is Emeritus Professor at University of Southern California. Winner of the Sutherland, Wolfgang, Tappan and McGee Awards in criminology, he has been consultant to scores of public and private enforcement and social service agencies, and served as expert witness in over one hundred criminal gang cases.

Cheryl L. Maxson is Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California's Irvine Campus. She has directed research on regional, national and international gang issues and studies juvenile delinquency and violence, street gangs, and juvenile justice policy and programs.

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195163445
Author:
Klein, Malcolm W.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Cheryl L.
Author:
Maxson, Cheryl L.
Author:
null, Malcolm W.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Criminology
Subject:
Gangs
Subject:
Juvenile delinquency
Subject:
Sociology | Criminal Justice | Criminology
Subject:
Gangs -- United States.
Subject:
Juvenile delinquency -- United States.
Subject:
Crime - True Crime
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Studies in Crime and Public Policy
Series Volume:
186
Publication Date:
20060731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 halftones, 2 line illus.
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
6.3 x 9.3 x 1.2 in 1.269 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Street Gang Patterns and Policies provides a crucial update and critical examination of knowledge about gangs and major gang control programs across the nation. Malcolm Klein and Cheryl Maxson here 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. Klein and Maxson close by offering 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 will be a must read for criminologists, social workers, policy makers, and criminal justice practitioners.

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