This book presents an overview of the prominent quantitative and qualitative data that exists on gangs. Academically sound, it synthesizes gang research into a format that is understandable and offers a balance between clarity and rigor. Placing a clear distinction between gangs and gang members, it highlights the differences between individual and group perspectives and encourages a richer understanding of the phenomenon. More visual than competing texts, it uses learning boxes to highlight notable research projects and special topics. Separate chapters are devoted to current issues such as race/ethnicity; gender; prison gangs; and prevention and intervention. A clear distinction between gangs and gang members allows for a richer understanding of the gang problem by highlighting the differences between the individual and the group perspective. Introduces readers to outstanding gang literature and prominent qualitative and quantitative research projects in the field. Brings insight into the prison gang street gang connection for a more thorough comprehension of the gang phenomenon. Increases readers understanding of race and ethnicity in gangs and includes discussion of White, Hispanic, Black, Asian, and American Indian gang experiences. An excellent reference for practioners in the field and within the corrections system.