Gang Injunctions and Abatement: Using Civil Remedies to Curb Gang-Related Crimes

By Matthew D. O’Deane; Reviewed by William Eardley

***** Gang Injunctions and Abatement: Using Civil Remedies to Curb Gang-Related Crimes. By Matthew D. O’Deane. CRC Press,; 662 pages; $93.95; also available as an e-book.

From its first word, Gang Injunctions and Abatement comes across as little more than a sales pitch. While written from a law enforcement and psychological perspective, it is presumptuous, limited in scope, and fails to consider other perspectives in an effort to convince the reader to believe in gang injunctions and abatement, court actions that aim to limit and modify gang behavior. The work is centered primarily on the city of Los Angeles, and it fails largely to consider other demographics. It suggests that the procedures could be effective countrywide, but the limited research does not support that statement.

In this reviewers opinion, what the author proposes infringes on constitutional rights by targeting what are largely lawful activities and imposing a probation-like limitation on activity without due process.

The work delves into various types of injunctions and sanctions that can be imposed, depending on the stage of gang involvement. It doesn’t acknowledge that gangs can adapt or simply ignore the consequences of their actions.

The author did a great deal of research to prove his point. It is unfortunate that his biased work neglects to point out more effective strategies which could produce better results. The book appears to be little more than wishful thinking in an effort to sell a largely unproven and ineffective process.

Reviewer: William Eardley is a parole agent in Detroit, Michigan, with 26 years’ experience. He is a member of ASIS International.



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