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2012-02-10 09:00:00

NEW YORK, Feb. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- No COLORS: 100 Ways to Stop Gangs from Taking Away Our Communities (Morgan James Publishing, February 2012, $19.95, Paperback), one of the most relevant nonfiction books of the year, responds to the youth violence crisis now threatening the fabric of America. Through significant research and first-hand experiences, authors Bobby Kipper and Bud Ramey are able to present community solutions that are proven to work. (Photo:...

2011-04-13 19:47:43

Crime Victims' Institute study looks at gangs and victimization Gang members are twice as likely to be crime victims than non-gang members and are more frequently subject to simple assault, aggravated assault and drive by shootings, according to a recently study by the Crime Victims' Institute at Sam Houston State University. In addition, gang members report their neighborhoods are more dangerous, are of lower quality, and have greater problems with drugs compared to non-gang members. While...

2010-06-10 07:00:00

Gang Membership Up More than 42,000 Nationwide Since 2002 Will Struggling Economy Threaten Nation's Youth this Summer? Teens Converge on Nation's Capitol Next Month to Voice Concerns SEATTLE, June 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As gang numbers rise and more young people die in gang-related shootings, most Americans agree that youth violence is increasing because of the recession. Almost seven out of ten U.S. adults (67%) say that gang violence among youth is on the rise due to the...

2009-07-31 00:55:29

The conventional wisdom that gangs are at the root of gun crime in Britain is overstated and gangs are not involved in most illegal shootings, researchers said. Working on separate research projects, researchers Simon Hallsworth and Dr. Daniel Silverstone independently concluded that the importance of gangs was vastly exaggerated. The Home Office conducted 80 structured interviews with young people involved with weapons. To find their subjects, the researchers traveled to several cities with...

2009-06-03 14:12:59

Children who join gangs feel safer despite a greater risk of being assaulted or killed, according to federally funded research led by a Michigan State University criminologist. The findings by MSU's Chris Melde, which appear in the online edition of the journal Criminology, may help explain why youth continue to join street gangs despite the well-established danger. "It's a paradox," said Melde, assistant professor of criminal justice. "Gang members essentially are not allowed to...

2009-01-29 15:26:00

SILVER SPRING, Md., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Hosted by investigative journalist Ross Kemp, GANG NATION explores the mysterious and brutal existence of some of the world's most notorious gangs. Giving viewers a glimpse into gang mentality and lifestyle, Kemp immerses himself in the vastly different cultures in an attempt to better understand their violent behavior and understand what - if anything - is being done to control them. Each hour-long episode follows Kemp as he journeys around the...

2008-11-26 08:42:22

The parents of a student at a Kennesaw, Ga., high school said their son was suspended after teachers claimed he doodled a gang symbol on an assignment. Devon Chalmers said his son, North Cobb High School sophomore Brandon Field, was suspended for three days last week after he turned in an assignment covered in doodled shapes, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Wednesday. Chalmers said administrators identified one of the shapes, a six-pointed star with a vertical line at the bottom, as...

2008-10-21 18:00:06

Southern California authorities say they have arrested more than 60 members of the Mongols motorcycle gang and are seeking to take over the group's name. A three-year undercover investigation led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms culminated with an 86-count federal racketeering indictment naming 70 individuals, announced Tuesday in Los Angeles. Tuesday's massive raids included 162 search warrants in eight states and the arrest of several chapter presidents along with former...

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2008-06-19 13:15:00

A Michigan State University researcher has created an automatic image retrieval system, whereby law enforcement agencies will be able to match scars, marks and tattoos to identify suspects and victims. In a world filled with homeland security concerns, identity fraud and natural disasters, the need to establish the identity of an individual based on something other than a driver's license or demographic and personal data is vital, according to Anil Jain, MSU University Distinguished Professor...

2006-12-17 12:00:35

By Anne Dudley Ellis, The Fresno Bee, Calif. Dec. 17--Stash that red shirt at the back of the closet if you go to Fresno High School. The school has banned students from wearing solid red and royal-blue clothing on campus after a series of confrontations between groups of students wearing those colors, Fresno High Principal Bob Reyes said. Red is associated with the Hispanic Bulldog street gang and royal blue with the black Crips gang, said Lt. Greg Coleman, who heads the metro...