In the Media

What causes gangs to emerge?

November 9, 2017

A recent uptick in gang violence in Santa Ana has prompted renewed efforts to prevent gang violence. But why do gangs emerge in some areas and not others?

Gangs are more common in areas with poverty, institutionalized racism, lack of opportunities, poor resources in schools, overextended parents and inadequate supervision, Cheryl Maxson, professor of criminology, law and society, told The Orange County Register.