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Department of Children and Youth Affairs. (2016) Lifting the lid on Greentown. – Why we should be concerned about the influence criminal networks have on children’s offending behaviour in Ireland. Dublin: Government Publications.

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A large body of research exists in relation to youth crime. However, comparatively little is known in relation to the contexts of children who engage in serious offending behaviour and participate in criminal networks. Using a case study design, this study first identified and then examined the behaviour of a criminal network operating in a Garda Sub-District in Ireland in 2010–2011. For the purposes of the study, the Garda Sub-District, which is located outside of Dublin, has been given the pseudonym Greentown.

In order to facilitate this examination, Garda analysts constructed a network map for the study using incident data to position 31 individuals aged 11–36 years who had been involved in either burglary or drugs for sale and supply in Greentown in 2010–2011. Importantly, the map indicated relationships where two or more individuals were involved in the same offence. The map was used as the key reference tool to interview Greentown Gardaí about the activities and contexts of the individuals identified.


Date:2016
Pages:88 p.
Publisher:Government Publications
Corporate Creators:Department of Children and Youth Affairs
Place of Publication:Dublin
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Subjects:MM-MO Crime and law > Organised crime
MM-MO Crime and law > Crime > Substance related crime
MM-MO Crime and law > Crime and violence > Crime against persons (assault / abuse / intimidation)
MM-MO Crime and law > Criminality > Youth (juvenile) offending
MM-MO Crime and law > Crime prevention
MM-MO Crime and law > Justice system > Community anti-crime or legal assistance programme
T Demographic characteristics > Adolescent / youth (teenager / young person)
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland > Limerick

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