"Gang membership is again on the rise in many communities and with it, corresponding levels of crime and violence. Professionals dealing with gangs are seeking alternatives to traditional 'hook 'em and book 'em' approaches. Some communities are implementing multidisciplinary teams to intervene with gang members and implement targeted suppression strategies. These teams involve agency personnel from different fields who share information, develop individualized intervention plans for gang-involved youth and young adults, and collaborate on a variety of strategies. These teams can increase the effectiveness of individual agency efforts, reduce duplication of services, increase access to needed services, and ensure that gang members are held accountable for their actions. This bulletin overviews lessons learned during the implementation of team-based approaches such as the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's Comprehensive Gang Model and Gang Reduction Program in cities around the United States."
National Gang Center: http://www.nationalgangcenter.gov/
NYGC Bulletin (August 2007), no.3