[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
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.
Michael K. Carlie
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