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NCJ Number: 148537 Find in a Library
Title: Gang Education, Assessment and Planning System, Fourth Edition
Corporate Author: Community Youth Gang Services, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 42
Sponsoring Agency: Community Youth Gang Services, Inc
Los Angeles, CA 90022
Sale Source: Community Youth Gang Services, Inc
144 South Fetterly Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90022
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Gang Education, Assessment, and Planning System of Community Youth Gang Services in Los Angeles is based on crisis intervention, prevention, community resource mobilization, parent-teacher education, job development, graffiti removal, and mental health counseling.
Abstract: The system acknowledges that youth join gangs for reasons related to peer pressure, status, respect, power, intimidation, low self-esteem, dysfunctional families, economics, lack of realistic alternatives, lack of cultural pride, and lack of gang awareness education. Gang members commit such crimes as robbery, drive-by shootings, rape, extortion, murder, assault, battery, arson, intimidation, and kidnaping because they feel hopeless and experience self-contempt, frustration, and anger. Crime and antisocial behavior represent the common bonds of all gangs. Territory is also important, and graffiti is frequently used to identify the geographic area or turf that a gang considers its own. Gang members dress according to gang characteristics, commonly have tattoos, and use hand signs and other forms of language as a way of bonding. Levels of gang involvement in Los Angeles are examined, and stages of gang development are reviewed. A gang control assessment guide is provided that is designed to increase community awareness of the gang phenomenon. Ways of mobilizing community resources to prevent gang involvement are described, including the Target Area Coordinating Committee concept and associated action campaigns. Worksheets to assist in the conduct of action campaigns are included. Figures
Main Term(s): Juvenile/Youth Gangs
Index Term(s): California; Crime prevention measures; Crisis intervention; Gang Prevention; Interagency cooperation; Juvenile program coordination
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