Understanding the black box of gang organization: Implications for involvement in violent crime, drug sales, and violent victimization

Scott Decker, Charles Katz, Vincent Webb

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Abstract

This article examines the influence of gang organization on several behavioral measures. Using interview data from juvenile detention facilities in three Arizona sites, this article examines the relationship between gang organizational structure and involvement in violent crime, drug sales, victimization, and arrest. The gang literature suggests that gangs are not very well organized. However, the findings from the current research suggest that even low levels of gang organization are important for their influence on behavior. Indeed, even incremental increases in gang organization are related to increased involvement in offending and victimization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-172
Number of pages20
JournalCrime and Delinquency
Volume54
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008

Keywords

  • Drug sales
  • Gangs
  • Organization
  • Organizational structure
  • Violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law

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