The problems associated with groups that commit crime are well known and notoriously complex. However, there are many questions that we still cannot answer with certainty. This book seeks to deepen understanding of the group processes involved in crime and the treatment of offenders’ thoughts and behaviour. Together, the chapters in this volume address the following questions:

  • Are people more likely to commit crime because of the influence of their group?
  • Does group membership cause people to become criminals, or does the group merely foster people’s pre-existing criminal inclinations?
  • How does group membership exert such a strong hold on people so that some risk imprisonment or even death, rather than relinquish their membership?

The contributors to Crime and Crime Reduction consider the social psychological influences of groups and specific forms of group crime such as street and prison gangs, terrorism, organized criminal networks, and group sexual offending. The book also addresses important questions about the role of groups in treating offenders, and why existing group membership should be considered when treating offenders.

Group criminal activity is a key area of study for researchers and for students of Forensic Psychology and Criminology courses. This book will therefore be of interest to students, scholars, and law enforcement practitioners who want to understand the group processes involved in crime and its reduction.

part |95 pages

The psychology of groups and group crime

chapter |31 pages

The social influence of groups on individuals

ByG. Tendayi Viki, Dominic Abrams

chapter |22 pages

Street gangs

Group processes and theoretical explanations
ByJane L. Wood, Emma Alleyne

chapter |19 pages

Applying socio-psychological models to understanding displaced and group-based aggression in street gangs

ByEduardo A. Vasquez, Brian Lickel, Karen Hennigan

chapter |21 pages

A multi-factorial approach to understanding multiple perpetrator sexual offending

ByLeigh Harkins, Louise Dixon

part |59 pages

Criminal networks

chapter |19 pages

The role of group processes in terrorism

ByMargaret A. Wilson, Emma Bradford, Lucy Lemanski

chapter |19 pages

Organized crime

Criminal organizations or organized criminals?
ByVincent Egan, Stephen Lock

chapter |19 pages

Surviving and thriving

The growth, influence and administrative control of prison gangs
ByMarie L. Griffin, David Pyrooz, Scott H. Decker

part |39 pages

Group relevance in the treatment of offenders

chapter |18 pages

Features of treatment delivery and group processes that maximize the effects of offender programs

ByW. L. Marshall, L. E. Marshall, D. L. Burton