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

David Pyrooz (School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Arizona State University, USA)
Scott Decker (School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Arizona State University, USA)
Mark Fleisher (Kent State University, USA)

Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research

ISSN: 1759-6599

Publication date: 31 January 2011

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.

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Pyrooz, D., Decker, S. and Fleisher, M. (2011), "From the street to the prison, from the prison to the street: understanding and responding to prison gangs", Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, Vol. 3 No. 1, pp. 12-24. https://doi.org/10.5042/jacpr.2011.0018

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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