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Violent/Hate Youth Groups In Rural Communities. A Brief Overview of Challenges Facing Maine Jeff Morin JPM Jason Greenlaw PSW Mountain View Youth Development Center. National Drug Intelligence Center. Street Gang

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violent hate youth groups in rural communities

Violent/Hate Youth Groups In Rural Communities

A Brief Overview of Challenges Facing Maine

Jeff Morin JPM

Jason Greenlaw PSW

Mountain View Youth Development Center

national drug intelligence center
National Drug Intelligence Center

Street Gang

A group or association of three or more persons who may have a common identifying sign, symbol or name, and who individually or collectively engage in, or have engaged in, criminal activity, or as a juvenile commits an act that if committed by an adult would be a criminal act.

incidents 2004 2005
Incidents 2004-2005
  • Random Assaults in Old Port
  • P-Town Soldiers Post Pictures on the Internet
  • Drive-by Shooting in Portland Housing Complex
  • Man Arrested for Gang Murders in Mass.
  • Lieutenant in Crips (NY) Arrested in Waterville
  • Stabbing at Cony High School
primary rural gang activity
Primary Rural Gang Activity
  • Robbery
  • Assaults
  • Drug Sales
  • Car Burglary
  • Weapons Possession/Sales
  • Destruction of Property
the shift to rural areas
The Shift to Rural Areas
  • Relocation of family members
  • Avoid apprehension or prosecution
  • Avoid retribution from rival gangs
  • New criminal markets, higher profits
  • Less street gang rivalry and competition
  • Limited law enforcement resources and lack of knowledge
  • Socio-economic reasons
  • “Fresh start”
  • Glamorization of “Gangsta” lifestyle
traits of rural gangs
Short lived

Loosely structured

Leadership changes frequently

Lack of strong loyalty

Property Crimes

Crimes against the public


Lack of competition

Traits of Rural Gangs
not just a male problem
Females are gang members

Females are becoming violent

Females engage in criminal activities

Females sometimes gather intelligence and carry the weapons

Not Just A Male Problem
rural gang strategies there is no magic pill
Rural Gang StrategiesThere is No Magic Pill!
  • Prevention
  • Intervention
  • Suppression
  • School Policies
  • Community Programs
  • Identification of At-Risk Youth
  • Community/Parental Education
  • School-Based Awareness Classes
  • Target Individual Deficits
  • Teach Lacking Skills
  • Family Interventions
  • Focus on Strengths
  • Mentoring
  • Targeted Law Enforcement Action
  • Probation
  • Juvenile Detention
  • Prison
  • Waiver, Transfer or Bind-Over Legislation
what has worked for us

Interviewing Skills

Utilization of Prevention and Intervention Resources



What Has Worked For Us


Latin Kings


Tiny Rascals Gang


Surenos 13

Maine Elements


Urban Boys for Life

Underground Thugs

The Portland Boys

P-Town Soldiers/Bitches

Unauthorized Outlaws

East Side Til I Die

maine element
Maine Element

Leadership chart removed during a room search at MVYDC

Maine Element
types of rural gangs
Types of Rural Gangs
  • Homegrown
    • Formed for social support
    • Informal structure
    • Impulsive
  • Transplanted
    • Leadership is imported
    • “Soldiers” are typically local
    • More formal structure
contact information
Jeff Morin


Jason Greenlaw


Contact Information