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NCJ Number: 182243 Find in a Library
Title: Responding to Gangs: Comparing Gang Member, Police, and Task Force Perspectives
Journal: Journal of Criminal Justice Education  Volume:28  Issue:2  Dated:2000  Pages:129-137
Author(s): Scott H. Decker; Gary D. Curry
Editor(s): Kent B. Joscelyn
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 9
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A comparison of the perceptions of four groups of actors (gang task force members, police officers, gang members, and non-gang youth) involved in the St. Louis, Missouri, gang problem response indentified the two groups of young people regarded gangs as a significantly more serious problem than the two groups of adults.
Abstract: Data were collected in 1990 by administering a questionnaire to the four groups. The sample included 32 self-identified gang members in juvenile detention facilities, 44 non-gang juveniles in detention facilities, 22 police officers assigned to the Juvenile Division of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, and 47 members of the St. Louis Anti-Gang, Anti-Drug Task Force. Young people were significantly more likely to view gangs as instrumentally delinquent, while adults were significantly more likely to view gangs as social organizations. No group offered consistent response strategies for dealing with gang problems. Social policy implications of the findings are discussed. 16 references and 7 tables
Main Term(s): Juvenile/Youth Gangs
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Gang member attitudes; Gang Prevention; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Juvenile offender attitudes; Missouri; Municipal police; Police attitudes toward delinquents; Police crime-prevention; Public Opinion of Crime
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