Understanding Gangs and Gang Violence in America

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Gabe Morales
©2021, 382 pages

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    Understanding Gangs and Gang Violence in America examines past, current, and future concerns regarding street and prison gang life in the United States. Author Gabe Morales combines his personal history, his experience serving in the adult and juvenile criminal justice system, thought-provoking case studies, and the perspectives of other experts within the field to paint a comprehensive and holistic portrait of American gangs and gang violence.

    The text examines what a gang is, how gang members are defined by various segments of society, common forms of gang communications, and the rules of the streets. It covers the history of major gangs in America, gang recruitment and behaviors, hate groups, and prevention and intervention programs. Dedicated chapters discuss teen brain function and risk factors for gang involvement, national and local responses to gang activity, and the efficacy and inefficacy of state laws. The book concludes with a discussion of gangs on an international scale, the future of gang-related issues, and how readers can apply their knowledge at the community level.

    Understanding Gangs and Gang Violence in America is valuable for courses in criminal justice and corrections. It can also be used by criminal justice and law enforcement practitioners who work with at-risk or gang-related populations.

    Gabe Morales is Executive Director of Criminal Justice Solutions, a nonprofit dedicated to providing individuals and organizations with knowledge, training classes, and events to increase their understanding of criminal justice-related issues and provide them with available resources. He has experience serving within the criminal justice system at the adult and juvenile levels, as well as working with at-risk youth. In addition to teaching criminal justice courses, Gabe has written over a dozen books on gangs and gang violence.
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    "Very informative book and on point. Gabe obviously worked extensively with at-risk youth. Awareness is the key. Awareness from the adults involved in the youth's life and from the round people also so they can be aware of what they need to do to prevent gang involvement."
    Evelyn Cuevas, Pathways to Graduation, New York City Schools

    "This is an awesome book; I would highly recommend this to any new gang cop. This book breaks it down for the new gang investigator to [have] an open mind and be mindful of the facilitators as well as the actual gang members with easy-to-ready charts and pictures."
    Tim King, Retired Detention Deputy, Kern County, CA

    "Love the book, especially the flow of it. It is a very comprehensive book."
    Jim Quick, President, Tennessee Gang Investigators Association

    "Understanding Gangs and Gang Violence in America is a lofty endeavor to capture the history and activities of the evolving street/prison gang culture in this nation. It is comprehensive of each subject area and is a meaningful undertaking. As an academic piece, it is a perfect primer for the uninitiated and a good reference for the professional. I found it well written and researched, even if some assertions may be challenged. Overall, the reader/student should walk away with another tool in their toolkit of additional knowledge to the knowledge base. This book also demonstrates the futility of arresting ourselves out of the gang problem."
    Eduardo Cordero, Supervisor, Los Angeles County Probation Department-CLEAR

    "Gabriel Morales has a passion for working with communities dealing with gang violence. He is more than willing to share his vast experience in all aspects of the justice system through speaking engagements, articles, and books. He is a nationally recognized expert that can help you with some solutions to gang violence problems."
    Natalie Di-Pace Salazar, Program Director at LA Regional Crime Stoppers, Inc.