Guest speaker for a Cook County State's Attorney program
Dr. Mike Vecchio, Assistant Professor, was invited to speak on April 14th for the Cook County State's Attorney gang education course in Chicago's Morgan Park neighborhood. Along with representatives from the Gang Units of the Cook County State's Attorney and Chicago Police Department, he will address local community members about the problem of youth gangs. His presentation will focus on the motivations and methods of gang joining and leaving as well as the community's role in encouraging both prevention and desistance. Dr. Vecchio has worked on two National Insitute of Justice funded youth violence studies and his scholarly research focuses on intersection of youth gangs, violence, and victimization.