A Police Program for Employment of Youth Gang Members

  • Willman M
  • Snortum J
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An experimental study to determine the effect of a youth employment program on delinquency & gang-related violence in El Monte, Calif. Two groups of 100 experimental & 100 control M Ss (93% Hispanic- & 7% Anglo-American) were matched according to their incidence of prior detentions by the police. The experimental group participated in a police-sponsored program designed to teach them how to secure & maintain employment. The level of arrests tended to drop for both groups during the 1975-1977 period. Thus, successful integration into the labor market is viewed as a positive influence, which, along with the overall maturation process, leads away from criminal behavior patterns. 2 Tables, 1 Figure, 10 References. Modified HA.

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  • Mark T. Willman

  • John R. Snortum

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