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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 9 Introduction • Working with gangs is hampered by the DID syndrome o D enying that a gang problem exists o I gnoring the problem when it arrives o D elaying a response to the problem • Not willing to accept the fact that a gang problem exists • Leaders think since their problem is not like LA or Chicago, it is not a problem • If you follow the DID syndrome and don’t act it is likely you will end up with a problem that may never go away Defining the gang problem • Some characteristics used to identify existence of gangs are o Formal organization structure (not a syndicate) o Identifiable leadership o Identified with a territory o Recurrent interaction o Engaging in serious or violent behavior • Police, probation and district attorney agencies must have a working definition of their own for gangs • The National Alliance of Gang Investigators Associations (NAGIA) has their own definition o A group or association of three or more persons who may have a common identifying sign, symbol, or name and who individually or collectively engage or have engaged in criminal activity that creates an atmosphere of fear and intimidation o Criminal activity includes juvenile acts that, if committed by an adult, would be a crime Gang Offenders behind bars • Gangs in prison is a serious problem, they are referred to as security threat groups o Formal or informal ongoing group, gang, organization or association consisting of three or more members who have a common name or common identifying signs, colors, or symbols. • Nearly all prisons face some kind of gang problem • Once a gang member is identified within the prison facility, he or she is given an affiliation and marking through the classification committed. o Active members are often placed in some form of single cell lockdown, typically referred to as “adseg” which is short for administrative segregation. • Active membership is determined by staff not the inmate’s version of his or her activity in the gang • many prison gang members were prior street gang members • inmates without the protection of affiliation are likely to be the target of other inmates who are members of a gang. •...
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course CJUS 251 taught by Professor Keene during the Spring '08 term at Lansing.
- Spring '08