Into The Abyss:
A Personal Journey into the World of Street Gangs

by Mike Carlie, Ph.D.        
Michael K. Carlie
Continually updated.

~ Table of Contents ~
Home | Foreword | Preface | Orientation

What I Learned | Conclusions
End Note |
| Appendix
Site Map / Contents
| New Research

Up-To-Date Gang-Related News


In Closing

One decade ago Sandy Gardner said it well and what she said applies to this day.

[S]ome hard facts of life in today's society have a part in causing teenagers to gravitate toward gangs and in the reasons why gangs have spread and changed for the worse. New, deadly ingredients have been added to the breeding ground for violent gangs, resulting in a dangerous mix exploding in today's world. These new ingredients are a lack of jobs, an increase in poverty, and the proliferation of drugs and violence in our society. (Gardner, 1992, pp. 25-26) 

The purpose of Into the Abyss was to share my experiences and observations from the field, provide some insights on the gang phenomenon as shared by interview subjects and professionals as found in their writings, and to give readers an idea of the wide range of ways to potentially reduce gang activity and youth violence in their communities. I hope its purpose was achieved.

Thank you for your interest in Into the Abyss. I hope you learned something of value from it and that you live your life free of gangs and all they represent. What follows is the "Resources" section of Into the Abyss. It includes the Bibliography/Library and Glossary of Terms as well as links to many additional gang-related sites.


2002 Michael K. Carlie
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