Taking Issue: can gangs ever be good for society?

Taking Issue: can gangs ever be good for society?

We all know the harm that gangs can do but can they ever be good for society? And what constitutes a gang anyway? Three experts from the University discuss the issues in 350 words each. Social inequality is the real crime  By definition, gangs are entities that engage...
Q+A: Could working with gangs help reduce crime?

Q+A: Could working with gangs help reduce crime?

New Zealand National party leader Simon Bridges wants to stop gang members from gaining access to welfare if they cannot prove their income is from legitimate sources. This comes at a time when some gangs are wanting changes in their community. However, sociologist...
Do ‘three strikes’ laws work?

Do ‘three strikes’ laws work?

By James Oleson Criminologist James Oleson looks into the controversial three strikes law in New Zealand and whether in fact, it works as a policy in keeping communities safe. After announcing in 2017 that New Zealand’s controversial three-strikes law would be...