166 x 240 x 20mm
As an Australian police officer and freelance photojournalist, Brett Stevens travelled throughout the United States studying crime gangs in the early 1990s only to return to Australia and see the rise of the 'street soldier' back home in the 2000s. A Hard Place: The Rise of Street Gangs is Brett's personal story of being a cop with a hardened view of these gangs to developing empathy and understanding how young men and women are manipulated by experienced street criminals.
Stevens explains how the growth of street gangs, both here and overseas, occurs and the denial and coverup by some crime agencies and governments has only propagated the current situation. The writer makes it clear that while immigration does have an impact on the formation of street gangs, he explains more fully has the 'gang phenomena' swept through the United States and being replicated in Europe and Australia.