The Gangfighters Network is an organization designed to bridge the gap between academia and the criminal justice professions. For more information, visit http://www.gangfighters.net/ and http://www.gangsinthemilitary.com/ The focus is on gangs, initially adult gangs as it appears they have been ignored or absorbed into the mainstream society. There's a special focus on gang members in the military.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Gang Activity in Middle Tennessee

Interview snippets throughout the Tennessean articles this week:

http://www.tennessean.com/gangs/comimp/help.html


Low-level gang members barely make pocket change, said Carter Smith, a gang expert and assistant professor in the criminal justice department at Middle Tennessee State University.

Compare the structure of a gang to a fast-food restaurant. The local manager doesn't make much, but the guy who owns three or four McDonald's can do pretty well.

"The bottom line is it's business," Smith said. "It's just a matter of what risk you're willing to take."

Carter Smith, a parent and gang expert who lives in Franklin and works as a professor at Middle Tennessee State University, said parents who think their kids are immune because they live in an upscale neighborhood or don't fit the typical gang-member profile may be at risk of losing their sons or daughters to gangs."

People in a gang may target them because they have a car, they have money, and they have accesses to places the members of the gang may not have," Smith said.


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