Dale F. Pearson


The rise of gang activity and crime--such as homicides, drive-by shootings, drug trafficking, burglary, and graffiti--poses a serious threat to many communities, including Utah. While juvenile homicides are relativety rare and constitute a fraction of all juvenile crime, its prevalence at all is a serious concern to parents, schools, and families in general. Some core problems which have given rise to the increase in violent gangs in society are discussed. Strategies and community interventions are recommended for this escalating social concern.