From the street to the prison, from the prison to the street: Understanding and responding to prison gangs

David C. Pyrooz, Scott Decker, Mark Fleisher

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Abstract

This article examines a range of issues associated with gangs in incarcerated settings. We begin by examining the similarities and differences between street and prison gangs, and differentiating them from other types of criminal groups. Next, we focus on the emergence and growth of gangs in prison, including patterns and theoretical explanations. Importantly, we draw theoretical linkages between differing perspectives on gang emergence and gang violence. We also present administrative and official responses to gangs in prison. Finally, we discuss the movement from prison to the street, examining the difficulties that former prisoners face when re-entering communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12-24
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

Keywords

  • Gangs
  • Prison
  • Programming
  • Re-entry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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