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NCJ Number: 149164 Find in a Library
Title: From Gangs to Grace: The Story of Pomona's Eddie Banales
Author(s): E Banales
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 121
Type: Youth-Oriented Material
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A former gang member from Pomona, California, shares his childhood experiences and his association with the neighborhood barrio, his family, and the gang.
Abstract: At 17 years of age, the author was a hard core gang member, and his father had also been a gang member. The gang lifestyle involved parties, drugs, sex, and sometimes death. The author quickly learned what it took to survive, in a family environment where he had a love/hate relationship with his father but was supported by his mother. The gang initiation process represented one step toward proving himself and belonging to a group. He became a father in high school and later married, became involved in drugs, and had numerous encounters with the police. Despite his continuing gang involvement, he became student body president in his last year of high school. A turning point in his life was the influence of his wife's religious values on him. The author describes the dramatic lifestyle of the gang in a sensitive way but depicts the harsh realities of the barrio and his ultimate success.
Main Term(s): Juvenile/Youth Gangs
Index Term(s): California; Environmental influences; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile gang behavior patterns; Parent-Child Relations; Peer influences on behavior
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