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NCJ Number: 148539 Find in a Library
Title: Impact of Location Alteration on School Attendance of Chicago Gang Members
Author(s): A C Hunsaker
Date Published: 1982
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: Eric Document Reproduction Service
Arlington, VA 22210
Publication Number: ED223388; RC013653
Sale Source: Eric Document Reproduction Service
P. O. Box 190
Arlington, VA 22210
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study investigated whether a change in school site would affect the school attendance of 13 male Chicano gang members who were between 13 and 18 years of age.
Abstract: The 13 gang members had been admitted to a community- based delinquency and gang violence prevention project. Since an active Alternative Studies Program designed for students with special learning problems or for working students already existed on some school campuses, school officials were receptive to providing school services at selected sites outside the established school campuses and to providing regular credits to students who attended alternative locations. Upon entering the project, subjects were informed that a fully accredited educational service was offered at a site near their home barrio and were encouraged to attend school during available hours to earn credits toward high school graduation. Of the 13 Chicanos, 5 elected to return to school at the site near their home barrio. Four did not take advantage of the alternative site because they were employed in work they found satisfying. Almost 40 percent of the Chicano gang members who dropped out of school prior to entering the gang prevention program returned to school, demonstrating that alternative school sites can have a significant impact on the school attendance behavior of Chicano gang members. 3 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile/Youth Gangs
Index Term(s): Community-based corrections (juvenile); Gang Prevention; High school education; Hispanic Americans; Juvenile Corrections/Detention; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Juvenile educational services; Male juvenile delinquents; School dropouts; Students
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