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NCJ Number: 123674 Find in a Library
Title: Crime File: Drugs - Youth Gangs
Series: NIJ Crime Files
Corporate Author: C F Productions, Inc.
United States of America
Project Director: J Vogt
Date Published: 1990
Sponsoring Agency: C F Productions, Inc.
Reston, VA 22090
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20850
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 90-IJ-CX-0004
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Audiovisual Sales
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20850
United States of America
Document: Video (28:42)
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Video (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Following the portrayal of the nature and activities of juvenile gangs in Los Angeles, this video presents a panel discussion of gang involvement in drug trafficking, sociological explanations of gangs, and strategies for countering gangs.
Abstract: The first segment of the video portrays Los Angeles juvenile gangs as organized around criminal activities and violence. Various officials interviewed in the segment recommend early education and intervention with youth and families to prevent attitudes and behaviors that encourage the joining of gangs. Law Enforcement, i.e., the sanctioning of gang criminal behavior, is viewed as one aspect of a comprehensive approach for addressing the gang problem. In the panel presentation, Steve Valdivia, executive director of the Community Youth Gang Services in Los Angeles, explains gangs as the product of ethnic neighborhood segregation, the development of self-hate among minorities, and weak family life. Commander Lorne Kramer of the Los Angeles Police Department emphasizes the importance of police becoming familiar with individual gang members and their behaviors so as to target serious offenders. Malcolm Klein, professor of sociology at the University of California, attributes gangs to the sociological forces operative in inner cities. The panel discusses the centrality of drug use and drug trafficking in the operations of many gangs and gang members.
Main Term(s): Juvenile gang behavior patterns
Index Term(s): California; Drug smuggling
Note: From the Crime File Series, videotape, 28 min. 30 sec.
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