Youth Gangs in America March 1997

Broadcast Overview 
Since 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. 

Youth 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. 

Can 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. 

On March 21, 1997, at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, OJJDP broadcast "Youth Gangs in America," a live satellite teleconference to explore some
promising gang prevention, intervention, and suppression strategies being carried out around the country. Panelists included national experts and local
program directors of promising gang reduction initiatives. 

The Juvenile Justice Teleconference Website
For More information, please contact:
Jenny McWilliams at 859-622-6671

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