A model for policy choices

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

A model for policy choices

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This chapter presents a heuristic model, which combines elements of the Spergel Model with the data summaries from Chapters 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6. The model is then expanded to cover both individual and group levels of change. The results are presented two tables with twelve cells each, and the discussion uses these models to elaborate on available and conceivable program approaches. Specific program examples are offered. At the same time, the complexity of a multilevel approach becomes obvious. The chapter, then, is a combination of specific approaches and guidelines to choosing among programs. Gang control is necessarily very complex, so the greater clarity provided in the chapter should be helpful to policy makers anxious to leap into programming.

Keywords: heuristic model; Spergel Model; street gangs; gang control; gang programming

Chapter.  7285 words. 

Subjects: Social Theory

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