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Anti-gang legislation and police crackdowns are failing so badly that they are strengthening the criminal organizations and making U.S. cities more dangerous, according to a report being released Wednesday.
Mass arrests, stiff prison sentences often served with other gang members and other strategies that focus on law enforcement rather than intervention actually strengthen gang ties and further marginalize angry young men, according to the Justice Policy Institute, a Washington, D.C.,..
Originally posted by DontTreadOnMe
I don't think law enforcement understands gangs and their allegiance to one another.
Gangs provide something lacking in a gang members life: a sense of belonging, strength, power, brotherhood, an escape from a hopeless life.
Sending a gang member to jail does little in my opinion to break the structures of the gang.