This study details a network analysis of the street gang landscape in Newark, New Jersey. Using individual gang members as the unit of analysis and multiple layers of associations as the linkages within the networks, the results suggest that the gangs in Newark are loosely organized with pockets of cohesion. In addition, there is variation with regard to individual connectedness within the gangs, and certain gang members emerge as “cut-points” or the only connection among gang members or groups of gang members.
Policy and Intervention Considerations of a Network Analysis of Street Gangs
Criminology and Public Policy (2005)