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NCJ Number: 148517 Find in a Library
Title: Street Gang Awareness for Parents: What Can We Do to Solve the Problem?
Author(s): W J Fitten
Corporate Author: Pinellas Cty
Sheriff's Dept
United States of America
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 34
Sponsoring Agency: Pinellas Cty
Clearwater, FL 33513
Type: Citizen Involvement Material
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This handbook, prepared by the Pinellas County (Florida) Sheriff's Department, is designed to acquaint parents of adolescents with the predominant youth gangs in the region and to present information that can help parents recognize whether their children are involved in gangs.
Abstract: Nearly all the youth gangs operating in Florida, particularly in Dade County, are affiliated either with the "People" or "Folk" nations; this alignment of street gangs probably originated in the Illinois prison system by inmates who established gang coalitions in order to ensure their own protection while in prison. Both of these "nations" contain black, white, and Hispanic street gangs. Some reasons why youth become involved in gangs include a desire to belong, peer pressure, lack of opportunity, protection or fear, income, or family involvement in gangs. Levels of gang involvement are described, which indicate an individual's degree of participation in gang-related activities. This pamphlet outlines a profile of a typical gang member, describes indicators of gang involvement, and recommends actions parents can take to help their children. In addition, the graffiti, gang sign language, and gang identifiers unique to each street gang are portrayed in this booklet.
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Crime prevention planning; Florida; Gangs; Juvenile gang behavior patterns
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