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If you ask people who do not live or work in Maryvale to describe the community, they are likely to say that it is crime- ridden and unsafe, with neighborhoods marred by graffiti and houses in disrepair. But what they don’t see, and what people who live and work in Maryvale experience every day, are the strengths and assets – in the people, programs and promising new initiatives – that give the community its distinct identity and define its future.

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Institutional Capacity, Informal Social Control, and their Influence on Illicit Opportunities in the Caribbean. Presented at the Global Future Forum Sponsored by the Central Intelligence Agency and Privy Council, Ottawa, Canada.

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Diagnosing Gangs and Gang Problems in the Caribbean. Presented at the Organized Crime: A Threat to the Caribbean Meeting Sponsored by the Organization of American States, Montego Bay, Jamaica.

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A Report on Sex Offenders and Sex Offender Housing in Phoenix, Arizona

Prior to developing and approving new ordinances that would further regulate sex- offender distance restrictions and clustering, the Phoenix City Council approved a study to examine the nature and impact of sex-offender clustering. Their overall goal was to use the study to fill in some important knowledge gaps about the issue of sex-offender residential clustering in order to inform the development of effective policy.

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Diagnosing Trinidad & Tobago’s Gang Problem. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Los Angeles, California.

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Report prepared in cooperation with the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission. Fornango, Robert J. & Charles M. Katz (2009) Homicide in Arizona, 2004.

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This final chapter of Policing Gangs in America summarizes and discusses the results from the study. In the first section of the chapter we discuss the five principle findings of our research and their implications for policy makers. In the second section, we present our final thoughts and make recommendations for what we believe a more effective gang unit might look like.

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The Violence Prevention Academy (VPA) was designed to train school-based personnel to develop comprehensive, integrated, evidence-based violence prevention plans tailored to the specific needs of participating schools.

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