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


Bibliography and Additional Resources
Appendix of Included Articles
Research on Gangs (up to and including 2007)
Up-To-Date Gang-Related News


About the Title
The Purpose of the Journey
For Whom this Book is Written
About the Author
Opening Remarks

What I Learned About ...

Section I: Gangs
Chapter 1: Jose's Story
Chapter 2:
The "Problem"
Chapter 3: Stories of Denial
Chapter 4: Gangs and Gang Members

  Part 1: What is a "Gang?"
  Part 2: Who is a "Gang Member?
  Part 3: The Demographic Characteristics of Gang Members
  Part 4: Gangs Aren't New
  Part 5: Kinds and Names of Gangs
  Part 6: Gang Culture
  Part 7: The Structure of Gangs
  Part 8: Why Gangs Form
  Part 9:
Where are Gangs Found?
Part 10: How Youths Find Out About Gangs
Part 11: How to Join a Gang
Part 12:
Crimes Gang Members Commit
Part 13: Fluidity of Gangs and Gang Members
Part 14: Graffiti and Other Gang Identifiers
Part 15: Getting Out of a Gang

Chapter 5: Gangs and Prisons
Chapter 6: Why be concerned about gangs?
Chapter 7: Parents of Gang Members
Section II: Observations on the Community and Gangs
Chapter 8: Neighborhoods and Communities
Chapter 9: Schools
Chapter 10: The Faith Community
Chapter 11: The Business Community
Chapter 12: The Mass Media
Section III: Observations on Gangs and the Justice System
Chapter 13: Gang-Related Legislation
Chapter 14: The Police Response to Gangs
Chapter 15: Prosecutors, Courts, and "The System"
Chapter 16: Probation and Parole
Chapter 17: Counselors and Community-Based Treatment Programs

Section IV: Conclusions and other Notes

Chapter 18: Conclusions
Chapter 19:
Gangs and the Future
Chapter 20: A research Note
Chapter 21: End Note

About Solutions . . .

Chapter 22: Focusing on the Issue
Part 1: Determining if There is a Gang Present
Part 2: Risk and Protective Factors

Part 3: Crime Reduction and Prevention Websites

Chapter 23: Personal and Family Solutions
Part 1:
What the Individual Citizen Could Do
Part 2: What Families Could Do
Part 3: What Reformed Gang Members Could Do

Chapter 24: Neighborhood or Community Solutions
Part 1: What Neighborhood Residents Could Do
Part 2: Building Coalitions: The Need for Coordination and Cooperation
Part 3: The Community Forum (Possible Forum Topics)
Part 4:
Creating a Community Task Force on Gangs
Part 5:
The Community-Based Youth Agency
Part 6: The Adopt an Agency Program

Chapter 25: Social Institution Solutions

Public Sector
Part 1: What Schools Could Do
Part 2: What Government Could Do
Part 3: What the Justice System Could Do
Part 4: What Youth-Serving Agencies Could Do

Private Sector
Part 5: What the Faith Community Could Do
Part 6: What Businesses and Business Organizations Could Do
Part 7: What the Health Care Community Could Do
Part 8: What the Media Could Do

Chapter 26: Web-Based Materials on Reducing Gang Activity

2002 Michael K. Carlie All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without permission in writing from the author and copyright holder - Michael K. Carlie.