Looking Beyond Suppression : Community Strategies to Reduce Gang Violence
This book explores the policies and practices of comprehensive community efforts to reduce gang and youth violence through a specific conceptual framework, the Comprehensive Gang Model. Tailored gang reduction strategies rooted in this framework and in communities' ecological constitutions are showcased throughout the book using case study methodology. The results of these investigations have relevant implications for scholars, learners, and practitioners who seek to address gang violence using customized responses.
- Paperback | 202 pages
- 152.4 x 223.52 x 15.24mm | 294.83g
- 06 Dec 2013
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
- 16 Tables, unspecified; 11 Illustrations, black and white
Table of contents
Chapter 1: Introduction to Gang Reduction Responses Erika Gebo & Brenda J. Bond Chapter 2: Mobilizing Non-White Communities to Respond to Gangs Carolyn Boyes-Watson Chapter 3: Using Action Research to Support Strategic Thinking and Data-Driven Decision-Making in Gang and Youth Violence Prevention, Intervention, And Suppression in Worcester Laurie Ross & Ellen Foley Chapter 4: "Gang": Developing a Collective Problem Definition and Assessment Instrument Erika Gebo & Kim Tobin Chapter 5: Street Outreach Workers: Innovative Approaches to Engaging At-Risk Youth Sean P. Varano & Russell Wolff Chapter 6: The Fundamental Challenges of Defining and Measuring Retaliatory Gang Violence Brenda J. Bond, Nicole Rivers-Kustanovitz, & Erin Mclaughlin Chapter 7: Preventing Serious Gang Violence in Boston: The Role of Strategic Problem Analysis in Guiding the Deployment of Enforcement, Social Services, and Community-Based Resources Anthony A. Braga & David M. Hureau Chapter 8: Statewide Impact of the Anti-Gang Initiative Jack Mcdevitt & Russell Wolff Chapter 9: Learning from Community Responses to Gangs Brenda J. Bond & Erika Gebo
Looking Beyond Suppression is an important and much needed book. The chapters in this edited collection report on the results of a state-led effort in Massachusetts to address gang violence in several local communities, and describe the diverse efforts in six communities to use data driven, collaborative efforts to address gang violence. Gebo and Bond have done an excellent job providing a context for the separate site descriptions and the volume also includes a statewide evaluation of the implementation and outcome of the Comprehensive Gang Model. This book is a must read for practitioners, communities, and researchers who want to better understand the challenges and opportunities in responding to gang violence and may be involved in such efforts. -- Scott H. Decker, University of Missouri This book tells the remarkable story of a multi-city initiative across 41 Massachusetts cities and towns to address street gang activity using the Comprehensive Gang Prevention, Intervention, and Suppression Model. It vividly details how neighborhood, community, and state organizations worked together to combat gangs in a collective and balanced manner. It is a must read for researchers, practitioners, and policy makers alike. -- James C. Howell, Senior Research Associate, National Youth Gang Center First, every chapter in this book notes the dynamic nature of gangs. They are constantly changing in their composition and activities, and frequently in conflict-laden relationships with other gangs and authorities. In chapter 4, Erika Gebo relay one participating city's effort in developing and implementing a gang assessment instrument (GAI) to gauge the level of risk for gang membership on a continuum from "at risk" to "hardcore" gang members. This exercise uncovered more divergence than expected in community stakeholders' interpretation of instrument items and results Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books
About Brenda J. Bond
Erika Gebo is assistant professor of sociology at Suffolk University. Brenda J. Bond is associate professor in the Department of Public Management at Suffolk University.