Six Major Gang Control Programs

Malcolm W. Klein and Cheryl L. Maxson

in Street Gang Patterns and Policies

Published in print August 2006 | ISBN: 9780195163445
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199943340 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Crime and Public Policy

Six Major Gang Control Programs

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This chapter takes a close look at some of the largest and most prominent attempts at prevention, intervention, and suppression of gang activities. These include the Illinois attorney general's program; the L.A. Bridges program in Los Angeles; the national Gang Resistance, Education, and Training program (G.R.E.A.T.), a series of suppression projects mounted in southern California; and the application of the Spergel Model to the national Comprehensive Community-wide Approach to Gang Prevention, Intervention, and Suppression program and to the Safe Futures program (both sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice). The chapter discusses the program failures—in implementation or effectiveness—in terms of political and ideological conventional wisdoms rather than their use of basic gang knowledge.

Keywords: street gangs; L.A. Bridges program; Gang Resistance Education and Training program; Spergel Model; Safe Futures program

Chapter.  18411 words. 

Subjects: Social Theory

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