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'Murder is My Beat, Sadly I Make a Living From It.' Meet LAPD Detective John Skaggs

Jessica Mindich | Posted 04.08.2016 | Home
Jessica Mindich

"I am most proud of my work for bringing some form of closure to the family and friends of victims that have been murdered. Many people who have lost a loved one to violence feel better knowing the suspect responsible cannot hurt others and is not enjoying the freedoms that we have."

From Gangs & 'Gladiator School' to L.A. Chamber of Commerce

Kent G. Mendoza Morales | Posted 05.30.2015 | Home
Kent G. Mendoza Morales

Over the five years that I was incarcerated, I felt confused and often dehumanized. After dropping out of my gang, life became a daily struggle to survive. In no way was my incarceration an environment of rehabilitation. In fact, some even called our facility "gladiator school," because of the harsh treatments we faced daily.

Ann Brenoff

Behind LA's Dramatic Decline In Gang Violence | Ann Brenoff | Posted 02.24.2015 | Home

From 1988 to 1998 -- known to some as the “decade of death” -- close to a thousand people per year were killed in Los Angeles. Gangs didn’t run ...

This Controversial Policing Strategy May Be A Precursor To Gentrification

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 01.10.2015 | Home

Since the 1990s, gang injunctions have been a widespread police strategy in many Los Angeles neighborhoods. But the controversial law enforcement tech...

How LAPD Cleaned Up Gang Activity Under Bratton And Changed Community Policing Forever

Pacific Standard | Posted 12.30.2014 | Home

Los Angeles gave America the modern street gang. Groups like the Crips and MS-13 have spread from coast to coast, and even abroad. But on Southern Cal...

WATCH: LA Gang Bangers Claim To Be Fighting In Syrian War

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 03.04.2014 | Home

According to a recently-surfaced video, two self-proclaimed gang members from Los Angeles appear to have relocated to Syria to fight on behalf of Syri...

'Deep Inside, The Gang Life, The Prison Life, Wasn't For Me'

Los Angeles Daily News | Dana Bartholomew | Posted 11.16.2013 | Los Angeles

For Javier Franco, it's a long way from Columbus Street to precalculus at L.A. Mission College. A member of the notorious Columbus Street Gang, which...

Teen Stabbed To Death On Handball Courts At High School

Posted 04.25.2013 | Los Angeles

A teenager who was playing handball on the courts of Grover Cleveland High School in Los Angeles, Calif. was fatally stabbed Wednesday, and police hav...

Kathleen Miles

'I Lost My Brother And My Arm To Gun Violence' | Kathleen Miles | Posted 06.06.2013 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- When Agustin Lizama was 11 years old, he joined a gang. When he was 12, he was shot. He remembers coming home from school that day a...

Kathleen Miles

'My Gun Made Me Feel Bigger Than God' | Kathleen Miles | Posted 06.06.2013 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- When Dorene Marcias was 16, a traumatizing experience made her want her own gun. She saw her boyfriend's father shoot himself, under...

UGH: Fashion Designer Inspired By Bloods & Crips

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 10.23.2012 | Los Angeles

This Spring clothing line is making us cringe -- and not just because of its outlandish prints and clashing colors. The debut collection by Colora...

Teen With Special Needs Gunned Down In Park

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 09.26.2012 | Los Angeles

A teen who volunteered at gang-prevention programs was gunned down in a "gang-style" slaying at the Jackie Tatum/Harvard Recreation Center Tuesday aft...

6 Reasons Los Angeles Is the Worst Awesome City

Zach Dean | Posted 10.27.2012 | San Francisco
Zach Dean

Take into consideration that this is coming off the cuff... of my reasonably priced, thrifty, Buffalo Exchange oxford. Here goes: Six things you won't miss about Los Angeles...

Support Mounts for Salvadoran Gang Truce

Tom Hayden | Posted 05.30.2012 | Los Angeles
Tom Hayden

"Gangs are not inherently negative, do not come like outside aliens, but arise among our sons and daughters, and they need healing, a public health approach, a community-based approach."

PHOTOS: A Deadly Party Crew

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 05.23.2012 | Los Angeles

"No Respect Inc! we a family! you f*ck w one of us you f*ck w ALL of us B*tch!," reads a status update on No RespectInc's Facebook. No RespectInc i...

A Rupture In The Youth Pipeline To Prison

Jacqueline Caster | Posted 05.15.2012 | Home
Jacqueline Caster

It's time America finally bucks the influence of those who financially benefit from an expanded prison industry as well as the "tough on crime" contingency and invest serious dollars in a "diversion track" to perfectly parallel the juvenile justice system of incarceration.

Jorge Luis Macias

HIV, Life Or Death: The Story Of Alex Castillo | Jorge Luis Macias | Posted 12.12.2011 | Home

LOS ANGELES -- As a teenager, Alex Castillo had a hard time handling his homosexuality, and found it pretty much impossible to talk about it with his ...

PHOTOS: Jake Gyllenhaal Grabs A Gun To Patrol The Streets Of Los Angeles

Posted 10.03.2011 | Home

Jake Gyllenhaal has fought in wars both foreign and ancient on the big screen, and for his next film, he'll be tackling the war at home on the Los Ang...

Pastor Of Second Chances

Katherine Marshall | Posted 07.28.2011 | Home
Katherine Marshall

Homeboy Industries today is a bustling bundle of different offices and departments. A non-profit organization, it is proud to call itself the largest gang rehabilitation program anywhere.

A Novel Approach to Stem Gang Recruitment of Minors

Jacqueline Caster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jacqueline Caster

Shouldn't there be a law that adds an automatic and very significant enhancement to the sentence of any adult who participates in a crime that involves a youth as a co-conspirator?

Where Gangs Once Ruled, Jesuit Priest Gregory Boyle Helps Kids Who Want To Trade Bullets For Jobs

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jesse Kornbluth

In 1988, Gregory Boyle opened a school; four years later, he launched Homeboy Industries. Gang members looking for a way out of the cycle of violence and death showed up.

New Resources in the Fight Against Domestic Violence

Antonio Villaraigosa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Antonio Villaraigosa

Today I announced with Chief Beck $1.1 million in grants from the Department of Justice that will have a far-reaching impact on how we as a City work to assist victims and prosecute domestic violence crimes.

LA's Response to Its Gang Epidemic

Constance L. Rice | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Constance L. Rice

LA County has 850,000 children trapped in its gang hot zones. The City of LA has 300,000 of those kids in its boundaries.

L.A. Gangs Seek Profit in Peace | TAMARA AUDI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Gangs that were once bloody rivals now are cooperating to wring profits from the sale of illegal drugs and weapons, law-enforcement officials and gang...