In this book, Irving Spergel details the efforts of his Chicago youth gang project, a comprehensive, community-based model designed to reduce gang problems, including violence and illegal drug activity. He offers an in-depth description of the Little Village Gang Violence Reduction Project, revealing the successes and failures of intervention at each level: individual youths, the gang itself, and the community at large. Spergel relates how a coalition of criminal justice, neighborhood, and academic organizations_along with a team of tactical officers, probation officers, former gang leaders, and a neighborhood organization_developed strategies for dealing with hardcore violent male youths from two gangs: the Latin Kings and Two Six. This well-known project has become the model for a series of national initiatives. Policymakers, criminologists, and gang researchers will find this model valuable for assessing gang programs and reducing gang violence.
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Irving A. Spergel is George Herbert Jones Professor Emeritus in the School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago. He received his Ph.D. in Social Work with a minor in Sociology at Columbia University in 1960, and has worked for five decades on gang problems in the U.S. He is the author of The Youth Gang Problem: A Community Approach.
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