Chapter 9 - Chapter 9 Introduction Working with gangs is...

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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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