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KQED: Violence and Gang Activity Still Plague California's Juvenile Corrections Facilities

CJCJ's Erica Webster describes conditions at California's state youth correctional facilities on KQED's The California Report.

Failure After Farrell: Violence and Inadequate Mental Health Care in California's Division of Juvenile Justice

CJCJ's new report finds, in California's state youth corrections system, violence has increased, gang culture is pervasive, and mental health treatment is at times nonexistent.

California Must Reform Its Gang Sentencing Laws

Sentencing enhancements intended to deter gang activity are overly punitive, conflict with the juvenile justice system’s mission, and have a disproportionate impact on young people of color.

Justice Policy Journal - Volume 12, Number 2 - Fall 2015

Articles about open carry on college campuses, the militarization of law enforcement, the effects of incarceration on drug trafficking earnings, Texan gangs, and Georgia's Transitional Center Program. 

Justice Policy Journal - Volume 12, Number 2 - Fall 2015

Articles about open carry on college campuses, the militarization of law enforcement, the effects of incarceration on drug trafficking earnings, Texan gangs, and Georgia's Transitional Center Program. 

Youth Gangs in the Twenty-First Century: Back to the Future, Part III

This is the third in a series of blogs adapted from the 4th edition of Youth Gangs in American Society by Shelden along with Sharon Tracy and William Brown (Cengage, 2013).

Youth Gangs in the Twenty-First Century: Back to the Future, Part II

This is the second in a series of blogs adapted from the 4th edition of Youth Gangs in American Society by Shelden along with Sharon Tracy and William Brown (Cengage, 2013).

Youth Gangs in the Twenty-First Century: Back to the Future

This is the first in a series of blogs adapted from the 4th edition of Youth Gangs in American Society by Shelden along with Sharon Tracy and William Brown (Cengage, 2013).

Gangs taking to the suburbs, including Albemarle

Treating people who come from places where gangs proliferate as gang members themselves only perpetuates the cycle, Maccallair said.

Wall Street is without a doubt a gang
A new report by two noted experts on corporate crime reinforces my contention in the previously posted four part series called "Is Wall Street a Gang?"   The report is "White Collar Criminology and the Occupy Wall Street Movement" co-authored by Henry Pontell and William Black.  It has just been published in the latest issue of The Criminologist , the newsletter of the American Society of Criminology. Pontell and Black argue that the frauds committed by some of the largest financial…
Corporate Crime [video]
CJCJ's Senior Research Fellow, Randall Shelden, discusses his recent blog series "Is Wall Street a gang?" in this video blog. Read the whole series here: Part I: http://www.cjcj.org/post/public/policy/wall/street/gang/part/i Part II: http://www.cjcj.org/post/public/policy/wall/street/gang/part/ii Part III: http://www.cjcj.org/post/public/policy/wall/street/gang/part/iii Part IV: http://www.cjcj.org/post/public/policy/wall/street/gang/part/iv To view Randall Shelden's…
Is Wall Street a gang? Part IV
The record of criminality within the boardrooms and offices of American corporations continues with no abatement. Their behavior fits the profile of a "street gang."   While not every corporation is literally housed on "Wall Street" they nevertheless are listed on the New York Stock Exchange.  And the SEC -- the cops of Wall Street -- continues to be quite busy, as are federal courts.   Here are two recent examples:   ~ "Twenty Nine Dead and Alpha Gets a Non Prosecution Agreement" -- so…
Is Wall Street a gang? Part III
As the "Occupy Wall Street" movement continues all across the country it seems to me to be increasingly important to bring to the forefront the horrific crimes perpetrated by corporations and their representatives. The extent of their criminality was partly documented in the first two parts of this series. I say "partly" for a good reason: there are more examples and the examples go back more than a hundred years. The extent of corporate crime was noted in a now classic study by Edwin…
Is Wall Street a gang? Part II
Not too many would note the irony that while police make hundreds of arrests for relatively minor offenses (e.g., disturbing the peace) -- which usually end up being dismissed in court -- within the confines of the buildings high above the "Occupy Wall Street" protesters there is rampant criminality.  I mean this literally, for over the years the "top 1%" has indeed engaged in some of the worst crimes, destroying millions of lives while raiding the U.S. treasury of trillions of dollars.  As…
Is Wall Street a gang? Part I
By now just about everyone has become aware of the social movement known as Occupy Wall Street .  It has occurred to me that one of the justifications for this movement is the massive amount of fraud committed by various corporations that constitute what is known as "Wall Street" in addition to crimes linked to specific individuals rather than corporations. I am in the middle of updating my book on gangs  and in the process have included a discussion of what exactly is a "gang" and it…
San Francisco's Proposed Gang Injunction: What will it mean, what are the problems, and how will it work?
San Francisco's Proposed Gang Injunction: What will it mean, what are the problems, and how will it work?

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