Recent research on disengaging from gangs: Implications for practice

David C. Pyrooz, Scott Decker

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Once inside a gang, can people leave? If so, what steps are taken to exit a gang, and at what costs? This chapter examines a range of issues related to disengaging from gangs, reviewing the current state of knowledge on a topic that has begun to garner attention in the research community that matches the interests of the practitioner community. Disengaging from gangs is conceptualized within a life-course framework. This chapter details findings from studies examining changes in criminal offending and the motives and methods for leaving gangs. Based on these studies, along with preliminary findings from an ongoing study of gang disengagement, this chapter offers several key conclusions for practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEffective Interventions in the Lives of Criminal Offenders
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781461489306
ISBN (Print)1461489296, 9781461489290
StatePublished - Nov 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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