Civil Gang Abatement: The Effectiveness and Implications of by Edward L. Allan

By Edward L. Allan

Civil gang abatement is an cutting edge treatment utilising civil injunctions to strive against public nuisance job via gangs. This method has been promoted as a problem-oriented reaction to gang difficulties. Allan examines no matter if the method of buying a "gang injunction" contains the first dimensions of problem-oriented responses: flexibility and group involvement. Flexibility is clear within the even distribution of tasks between 3 different types: high-drug, high-crime, and high-disorder. proof of group involvement is vulnerable, as a result loss of neighborhood businesses in gang-plagued neighborhoods, the low-profile nature of the tasks, and the potential of retaliation opposed to contributors. even though the expectancy for group involvement in gang injunction projects may be tempered, civil gang abatement is a suitable method of local gang difficulties.

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Problem-oriented Policing The problem-oriented perspective is largely derived from the "problem-oriented policing" model. Developed by Herman Goldstein (1990) to guide the policing function away from its traditionally reactive, incident-driven focus toward a proactive, problem-solving mission, the model has provided a prototype for community problemsolving that can be applied by various criminal justice agencies. Flexibility and a multilateral approach in formulating responses to specific problems are the basic dimensions of the model.

The innovative use of the law to address disorder is "mostly a reworking of long-established legal principles – the communities' right to civilly sanction a public nuisance" (Boland 1998b: 65). Finally, community prosecution is a grassroots response to nearly three decades of the domination of public discourse on crime by experts and scholars, which has framed issues in dichotomous terms and fashioned solutions according to "ideologically intractable positions". By defining crime issues in terms of concrete situations that affect their daily lives, citizens are demanding a response from locally elected representatives that can be delivered in the real, as opposed to the theoretical, world, thus sowing the seeds of an emerging community justice movement (Boland 1998b: 65-66).

Under suppression strategies, local citizens and community groups are largely limited to the role of informants. Law enforcement officials make strategic decisions based on intelligence gathered from the community, but with little input from the community in identifying specific problem activity and developing an appropriate response. As a result, the community may not support the tactics used by the police, particularly in the low-income neighborhoods where gangs proliferate and the police experience the greatest level of mistrust and resistance.

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