Gangs in America
1980, America has experienced a rapid growth of youth gangs across the
country. In a 1995 survey of more that 4,000 law enforcement agencies by
the National Youth Gang Center, 58 percent reported youth gang problems
in their jurisdictions.
gang membership is associated with significantly higher levels of delinquency
and serious crimes. The rate of violent offenses for gang members is three
times as high as for nongang members.
the youth gang problem be solved? "Promising Programs for Youth Gang Violence
Prevention and Intervention," a forthcoming review of the literature to
be published by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
(OJJDP), suggests that promising gang reduction programs contain multiple
components. They include prevention, social intervention, treatment, suppression,
and community mobilization approaches.
March 21, 1997, at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, OJJDP broadcast "Youth
Gangs in America," a live satellite teleconference to explore some
gang prevention, intervention, and suppression strategies being carried
out around the country. Panelists included national experts and local
directors of promising gang reduction initiatives.
The Juvenile Justice Teleconference
For More information, please contact:
Jenny McWilliams at 859-622-6671
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