Monterey Park has LAUSD gang bangers meet their victims.

Sistine Culvert

Who knew, but under a new state law parents of gang-bangers are going to be held accountable for their kids actions.  Monterey Park is taking it a step further with the parents/guardians of the bangers in LAUSD to meet with the victims according to an article appearing in the Pasadena Star News yesterday morning.

Part of the program includes educating the parents on resources to keep their kids out of more trouble.  The assumption of course is that these parents give a damn in the first place.

Seriously, does anyone think this will make a difference in the gang problem?  From where I sit these kids wind up in gangs because their parents were absent or hands off in the first place leaving them with no guidance and support to make right decisions.  They opted for gangs for the sense of family and purpose that was lacking at home.  (There are other factors but those are the key I see).
Having never been victimized by a gang I have no idea on how I’d react towards a mandatory meeting with the offender.  The closest I am to being the victim is the few times that my cars have been broken into to steal the stereo and I could care less about meeting the burglar.  I feel the same way towards meeting the offender in a gang related incident, why bother and just move on.  I can’t imagine what I would expect to get out of such a meeting.  Or what the offender would get from the meeting other than a chance to gloat a little.

The discussion on Topix tends to be all over the board but the consensus is all comes to bad parenting. What say you on Assembly Bill 1291?  Will this law make a difference or change nothing?

Pic by me, called the “Sistine Culvert”, urban art tagged over repeatedly by the DESG.

5 Replies to “Monterey Park has LAUSD gang bangers meet their victims.”

  1. I have a family member that works gang prevention in the area for the past 10 years.

    Monterey Park deals with Asian gangs like Wah ching because of the huge Asian community that resides in the San Gabriel Valley. The asian gang demographic is a little different than the black/hispanic ghetto, and these kids usually come from good families that are middle class (sometimes well to do), get good grades/honor roll students, drive nice cars, live in nice houses, yet parents are completely oblivious to what’s going on. It’s not uncommon for a typical asian gang member to appear like a model kid going to college on the outside…you just couldn’t tell. Much of it is the cross cultural differences since their parents are immigrants, often times successful from where they came from, but they just don’t understand how to relate to kids since their kids grew up “Americanized.” Parents may be hard working, good citizens, but there’s a disconnect not necessarily from a broken home or poor circumstances when communicating with their kids. Lots of these asian gang members are into credit card/identity theft as well as drugs and a little more sophisticated and less territorial.

    I think it’s a good program. You put these kids in front of victims with parents who worked their butt off in US to make them a better life than they ever had, and you’ll see different motivation for change with these asian kids.

  2. I think this is a great step forward in the problems L.A faces with gangs. Surely, more can be done, but confronting offenders with their victims will hopefully bring some conscientization of their wrongdoings.

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