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Effective Programs for Preventing and Reducing Youth Gang Problems
Effective programs for preventing and reducing youth gang problems

Chapter 6 contrasted cities, towns, and rural areas with transitory gang problems with larger cities and suburban areas in which gang problems are far more persistent and entrenched. These two extremes in severity of gang problems suggest two important implications for successful responses. First, each community's gang programs and strategies must be based on an objective assessment of its specific gang problem. As we saw in Chapter 6, gangs are confusing to many observers (see Box 6.5). Moreover, community representatives often see gangs differently when thinking about combating them. Police tend to describe them as a hierarchichal organization with formal leaders and well-defined roles, much like a military ...

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