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Decker talks to CBS5 about 'state of gangs' in Phoenix area

Scott Decker, foundation professor and director of the ASU School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, was recently featured in a report by CBS5 reporter Jonathan Lowe on the 'state of gangs' in the valley.
Decker talks to CBS5 about 'state of gangs' in Phoenix area

Scott Decker, foundation professor and director of the ASU School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Scott Decker, foundation professor and director of the ASU School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, was recently featured in a report by CBS5 reporter Jonathan Lowe on the 'state of gangs' in the valley. Decker, a world-renowned gang expert, used data from the FBI that had just been released the day before. That data show there are between 40 and 50 active gangs in the Phoenix area with about 2,500 active members.

"Drug sales drive gang membership in a lot of places across the country, and the Valley is no different," Decker told CBS5.

Decker told Lowe that gangs have evolved from what they were in the 1980's and 1990's when gang violence increased.

"Many gang members returning from prison are returning more sophisticated, more savvy, a little older, a little more capable of organizing themselves," he said.

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