Gangs in the Caribbean

Responses of State and Society
Anthony Harriott, Charles M. Katz (eds.)

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360pp 6 x 9



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For decades, gangs have been emerging across the globe, disrupting citizen security, the rule of law, health and education, and local economies. The Caribbean, like many other regions, has a significant gang problem. Unfortunately, however, there has been limited academic attention given to the issue. Gangs in the Caribbean is intended to fill this gap by providing sound research conducted by leading Caribbean criminologists that encourages thoughtful and data-driven discussions between researchers and policymakers. The articles range from those that focus on the scope and nature of the Caribbean gang problem, with cuttingedge descriptions of both organized crime groups and street gangs and an analysis of how these differences impact the types of problems that communities face, to those that explore the policies and programmes designed and implemented to respond to Caribbean gangs, as well as what we have learned about such policies and programmes in terms of their effectiveness and unintended consequences. In doing so, Gangs in the Caribbean provides researchers, policymakers and students with a foundation of knowledge on a core issue confronting the Caribbean and provides these readers with a clear roadmap for responding to gangs in the future.

CONTRIBUTORS: Lilian Bobea, Christopher A.D. Charles, Andrew M. Fox, C. Jason Gordon, Anthony Harriott, Charles M. Katz, Edward R. Maguire, Randy Seepersad, Basil Wilson

ANTHONY HARRIOTT is Professor of Political Sociology and Director of the Institute of Criminal Justice and Security, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. His many publications include Organized Crime and Politics in Jamaica: Breaking the Nexus and Police and Crime Control in Jamaica: Problems of Reforming Ex-Colonial Constabularies.

CHARLES M. KATZ is Watts Family Director, Center for Violence Prevention and Community Safety, and Associate Professor, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Arizona State University. His many publications include Policing Gangs in America and The Police in America.