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Redmond, Sean (2015) The Greentown crime network: introducing Its cast of principal actors. Irish Probation Journal , 12 , pp. 205-228.

URL: http://www.probation.ie/EN/PB/WebPages/WP16000126

This article, based on the author’s doctoral study completed in 2015, offers new insight into the operation of criminal networks in Ireland and in particular their influence on children who become engaged in network activities. The research aimed to explore the role of ‘network’ as an aggravating factor in influencing the trajectories of children involved in criminal behaviour. The research, based on a case study design focuses on ‘Greentown’, a real (but anonymised) Garda Sub-District located outside Dublin.

The study argues that a relatively small number of principal actors directed and controlled network activity while also actively cultivating the social conditions to sustain the network’s incumbent hierarchy. The most powerful of these principal actors belonged to a dominant family and kinship group. This group entered into ‘contracts’ with a range of often very vulnerable ‘associates’ involved in the network. The paper argues that understanding the nature of such networks and their relational influence on children’s propensity for serious and multiple offences is a first step in seeking solutions for policy makers and practitioners in this often hidden and complex area of youth justice.

Item Type:Article
Date:October 2015
Page Range:pp. 205-228
Publisher:Irish Probation Service
Subjects:MM-MO Crime and law > Organised crime
MM-MO Crime and law > Crime > Substance related crime > Crime associated with substance production and distribution
MM-MO Crime and law > Substance related offence > Drug offence > Illegal distribution of drugs (drug market / dealing)
MM-MO Crime and law > Crime and violence > Crime against persons (assault / abuse / intimidation)
MM-MO Crime and law > Justice system > Community anti-crime or legal assistance programme
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland

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