Gangs, Crime Investigation and Rehabilitation

Tina Marie Kontelas, Northeastern Illinois University

This paper examines multiple factors regarding the investigation of a victim 's death as a result of gang violence. Some of these factors include race, class, neighborhood and gang affiliation or lack thereof of the victim. Analysis of interviews with police officers, gang members, gang members' families and/or friends and jail chaplains show that these factors determine the depth of the investigation and the attention a particular murder receives. This paper will also show the attempts made by the chaplain of the Cook County jail to rehabilitate gang members and their families.

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