CMRJ523 Gangs and Gang Prevention (3 semester hours)

Gangs continue to plague the criminal justice system. Since the 1980s street gangs has increased in number and are no longer an inner city problem. Today youth gangs can be found in the suburbs, rural America and even in the military. In order to address this problem criminal justice and human service professionals will need to understand the complexities of today’s gang problem. This course is designed to assist the student in developing an understanding of what a street gang is. This course will provide an overview of the historical and contemporary street gang including defining what a street gang is. A particular focus in this class will be made on the inner workings of a street gang as well. Additionally this course will examine how effective past and current methods of addressing and combating a street gang are.