Alex Alonso Contact Information
Alex Alonso has been researching gangs in Los Angeles, the United States and abroad since 1993 and has developed a unique perspective on gangs through his ethnographic/geographic approaches. He is familiar with the active gangs of New York during the 1970s, and he has studied in depth the structure and history of organized crime in New York City and New Jersey. Most recently he has written on the social history of Los Angeles’ contemporary gangs and is publishing a comprehensive book on Los Angeles’ current gang crisis.
From 1997 to 1999 Mr. Alonso began research unfolding the social construction of gangs, the history and geography of gang conflict, and the proliferation of gang activity in Los Angeles. As he was conducting ethnographic research and collecting data from several agencies in Los Angeles, he completed masters degree in Human Geography while writing a thesis entitled Territoriality Among African American Street Gangs in Los Angeles, where he examined the history of LA Black gangs, the formation of the Bloods and Crips, and the factors that lead to the formation of LA’s first Black gangs during the late 1940s and 50s.
He has worked with notable gang researchers such as Malcolm Klein, Cheryl Maxson, and James Diego Vigil and has counseled gang members, consulted with politicians, law enforcement officials, educators and community activists, and has spoken at numerous professional meetings, high schools, colleges and universities. He has aided attorneys, testified in court as an expert, and has appeared on several radio and national television programs regarding his research and has been quoted in various news publications. He has appeared on
KCET Life & Times, BET, MTV, KABC (Los Angeles), FOX 11 News (Los Angeles), PBS, and CNN and FOX News to name a few. You can also see him in the documentary Gangsta King (2003) hosted by Robert Stack, Russell Simmons’ F.E.D.S. documentary (2004), BET’s American Gangster (2006), and ETV’s Boulevard of Broken Dreams (2007). He was a producer on Cle Sloan’s Bastards of the Party and he developed a TV show for A&E that followed the lives of several LA gang members.
He has testified, consulted and submitted declarations as a gang expert in over 200 cases since 1999 in the California Counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Francisco & Ventura in both criminal and civil courts, including courts in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Hawai’i, Kansas, Nevada & Texas
PO Box 18238
Los Angeles, California 90018