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Gilbert J. Contreras
UCLA/urban planning

Dissertation Fellow, 2005

Dissertation: Transforming School Culture by Containing Gangs and Creating Safer Communities

About: In California‚Äôs public schools, youth are becoming victims of criminalization under the banner of promoting school and community safety.  Increasingly, urban schools function as an extension of the criminal justice system and educational goals are subordinate to law enforcement priorities.  This study will analyze the controversial policy of civil gang injunctions and the implications on the culture of schools.  In addition, this study will provide a model for statewide policymakers regarding the interdependent relationship between crime containment policy and school safety efforts.

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