Niche crime: The Columbus gangs study

  • Jacqueline L Schneider


Even though researchers have studied gangs for many years now, very little is known about the criminal activity of gang leaders. The purpose of this study is to examine the types of criminal activities in which gang leaders participate. Analysis of the criminal histories of 83 gang leaders from Columbus, Ohio, suggests that gangs there specialize in certain types of crime. These data imply that gang suppression policies might be more effective if they target specific niches of the crime market.


Criminal Activity Gang Member Criminal History Street Gang Youth Gang 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of PortsmouthUK

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