Big-city gangs may be more violent and newsworthy, but smaller and less violent versions are a worrying presence in many poor, rural communities. University of Arkansas sociologist Timothy Brown tells TCR what he learned while interviewing gang members in a Clarksdale, Ms., jail.
As Beck prepares to retire after eight years, he leaves behind a police agency that has dramatically changed its image as an “occupying force” in the city’s black and brown neighborhoods, and become a national model for police reform, writes Joe Domanick, author of two books about the LAPD.
Nearly 9,000 children who immigrated from Central America without an accompanying adult live in limbo on Long Island, N.Y., where they face a minefield of hostile local residents, dangerous MS-13 gang members, and the constant fear of being sent back home.
Over the past 18 months, rifles have become a go-to weapon for the city’s gangs. With a deadly range extending to three city blocks, the long guns have been used in 50 fatal shootings since September 2016.
ByScott H. Decker, Caterina G. Roman, and David C. Pyrooz |
A close look at studies of why and when gang members leave their groups offers clues to the types of interventions that can divert young people from further criminal involvement, according to a Journal of Crime and Justice paper.
This essay was originally published by The Beat Within, a justice system writing workshop. It was the year 1969. I was born in December to a single mother. From what I was told, I was a handsome young fella, and even at a very young age I was told, “Boy, you look just like your daddy”. Speaking of which, I only saw my dad on the weekends, or at family functions on my dad's side of the family, if my […]
This essay was originally published by The Beat Within, a justice system writing workshop. My name is Jensen Ramos and I am currently serving a life sentence for committing a crime as a juvenile. I committed my crime at the age of 17. I was tried, convicted and sentenced to 50 years to life. I have currently been in prison for 12 years now, and till this day I hate it. I still remember the day it happened. On January […]