How is it that adolescents and young adults come to commit crimes in groups? What are the forces that drive them to this? What happens to them as a result? Street gangs have grown around the world, with countries including the UK, USA, Sweden, China, and the Netherlands reporting a marked increase in street gang membership. In the UK alone, the number of street gang affiliated youths has seen a dramatic increase over a five-year period.
As of 2019, there were 27,000 full street gang members in the UK, with 60,000 affiliates and a further 313,000 youths who knew a street gang member. Similar increases have been seen in the USA, with a 40.83% growth in the number of different street gangs between 2002 and 2012. Once involved with gangs, it is extremely challenging to leave them. Further, members can find themselves coerced into further criminal behavior.
Dr. Jaimee Mallion has studied group-based offending, including street gang membership and is finding answers to these questions. In this webinar, she will explore what can help young people desist from committing criminal acts in groups.