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.
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.
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