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Title: Gangs, Drugs, and Homicide: Preliminary Findings From Los Angeles -- Presented at the American Society of Criminology Meetings, November 1991
Author(s): C L Maxson; M W Klein; L Cunningham
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: Ctr's for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Atlanta, GA 30333
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Grant Number: R49/CCR903622
Sale Source: University of Southern California
Social Science Research Institute
950 West Jefferson Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90007
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In response to a climate of perceived links among gangs, drug sales, and violence, a study of cocaine sales arrest incidents and homicides was conducted in five police station areas of South Central Los Angeles.
Abstract: Specific study objectives were to compare the scope of drug involvement in gang homicides with other homicides and to examine the nature of drug involvement in homicides. Gang and nongang homicides occurring in the five police station areas in 1988 and 1989 were sampled using a stratified random approach. Results showed significant gang/nongang differences over the 1984-1989 period. The percentage of gang homicide cases occurring on the street decreased slightly. Firearm presence remained about the same in gang cases, although it increased slightly in nongang cases. About 64 percent of homicides involved some aspect of drug involvement but no gang/nongang differences. Specific mentions of crack or cocaine of any type were more common in nongang than in gang homicides. 9 references and 2 tables
Main Term(s): Drug Related Crime
Index Term(s): California; Cocaine; Crack; Drug law offenses; Gangs; Homicide; Violent crimes
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