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NCJ Number: 159945 Find in a Library
Title: Convicted Gang Youths Should Not Be Incarcerated (From Gangs: Opposing Viewpoints, P 127-131, 1996, David Bender and Bruno Leone, eds. -- See NCJ-159928)
Author(s): L J Rodriguez
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: Greenhaven Press
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
Sale Source: Greenhaven Press
P.O. Box 9187
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
United States of America
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A former gang member contends that incarcerating young gang members is counterproductive and that youth really need guidance and empowerment.
Abstract: As a Hispanic American former gang member who spent time in a California youth facility, the author emphasizes the need for youth to understand that change is possible. The prison system, however, says the exact opposite, that change is not possible for poor people and immigrants. Prison tends to reinforce the most inhumane aspects of the street culture, and the capitalist society tends to treat some individuals and groups as though they cannot be rehabilitated or changed. In response to the capitalist philosophy permeating streets and jails, young people need to be prepared to take charge of their lives and their communities.
Main Term(s): Juvenile/Youth Gangs
Index Term(s): Capitalism; Economic analysis of crime; Economic influences; Gang Prevention; Hispanic Americans; Incarceration; Juvenile Corrections/Detention; Juvenile detention; Minority juvenile offenders; Political influences
Note: Opposing Viewpoints Series
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