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NCJ Number: 149071 Find in a Library
Title: California Gang Investigators Association's Southern California Gang Listings, Fourth Edition, 1991
Corporate Author: California Gang Investigators Assoc
United States of America
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 147
Sponsoring Agency: California Gang Investigators Assoc
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Type: Directory
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report is designed to assist gang investigators in maintaining a current list of street gangs, their locations, policing jurisdictions, and other valuable intelligence information and in deciphering gang graffiti symbols.
Abstract: This booklet was prepared from material submitted to the California Gang Investigator's Association by gang investigators assigned to gang units throughout Southern California. An attempt was made to confirm the submitted information with the indicated agency. Gang graffiti is the most common and visible form of communication available to the gang and is used to mark turf limits, challenge rivals and give deviant forms of self-identification to gang members, who have a severe lack of self-esteem. Graffiti can also serve as a gang file of known gang members, their monikers, their cliques, their friends, their enemies, and their travels. There are some common traits and symbols found in the graffiti of the gangs; in particular, the Mexican or Hispanic gangs that have created a tradition over the generations. The gang graffiti form is now being emulated not only by the Mexican gangs but also the African- American and white gangs. Some of the more common graffiti terms are provided in this booklet. One chart lists gangs and their characteristics by gang name. Other information provided is aka's ("also known as"), the gang symbol, gang type, race, gang area, the police agency in whose jurisdiction the gang primarily operates, and the county. Another chart provides the same information but lists the gangs by gang symbol.
Main Term(s): Juvenile/Youth Gangs
Index Term(s): California; Graffiti; Juvenile Corrections/Detention; Police intelligence operations
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