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Communication and Criminal Justice

After that, death, incarceration, injury and family obligations tend to cut gang membership drastically - or the gang itself mutates into something more approximate to an "established" criminal organization. Consequently, when interviewing a gang member, one must constantly be aware that one is dealing with a person who is often immature, undereducated, unskilled and unsophisticated. It will be seen later in this discussion how his youth plays a major role in the gang member's perception of the world and reality.

The problem is, they don't respect us as gang members or as people. So, what we want to do with the pigs is to keep them out.

Li'l Monster, OG ("original gangster")

As with any segment of society, the law enforcement officer must be aware that he or she is dealing with an individual. If true, communicative dialogue is to be effected, any person needs to be treated - and, especially, perceive that he is being treated - as a human being of individual worth. Building upon that, the interviewer should remain aware that the character of a gang reflects the interactive dynamic of the individuals within it.

It also reflects the segment of society from which the gang draws its membership. The majority of gangs are from environments at or below the poverty line; the roots of their formation and membership derive from economic hardship. That said, it has been noted tha


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