Gang Report

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A new report says anti-gang legislation and police crackdowns are failing so badly that they are strengthening the criminal organizations and making U-S cities more dangerous.

The report from the Justice Policy Institute -- a Washington, D-C, think tank -- is based on interviews and analysis of previously published statistics and reports.

It says Los Angeles and Chicago are losing the war on gangs because they focus on law enforcement and are short on intervention.

According to the report, focusing on law enforcement rather than intervention actually strengthens gang ties and further marginalizes angry young men.

Arthur Lurigio is a psychologist and criminal justice professor at Loyola University of Chicago.

He says that while the report is valid and accurate, the ideas raised in it are not new.

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