Gang Injunction - Alternatives


Although gang injunctions can provide immediate deterrence of gang violence, studies recommend they should be used in conjunction with gang intervention and gang rehabilitation programs, which have also reduced the levels of gang activity within communities. Statistics provided by the LAPD and NYPD show that overall gang violence decreased in neighborhoods that implemented gang intervention programs without the use of excessive policing. Also, a study conducted on convicted criminals shows possible benefits of rehabilitation among both gang members and non-gang members: gang members who received treatment experienced a 20% difference in recidivism rate versus those who did not, and non-gang members who received treatment experienced a 6% difference in recidivism rate versus those who did not. Gangs serve as proxies for the after school programs that middle class take for granted. Studies have shown that there is less gang activity in cities where intervention programs are implemented, instead of gang injunctions. Statistics taken from LAPD and NYPD show that there was dramatic decrease in New York’s crime after city council implemented intervention programs. While, in Los Angeles, city council did the opposite and implemented more gang injunctions. In 2005, NYPD reported only 520 crimes that were gang related; while, LAPD reported 11402 gang related crimes. New York continues to see a decrease with the more recreational centers they open and job opportunities they offer for youth.

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