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NCJ Number: NCJ 178282     Find in a Library
Title: Youth Gang Drug Trafficking
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Author(s): James C. Howell ; Debra K. Gleason
Corporate Author: Institute for Intergovernmental Research
United States of America
Date Published: 12/1999
Page Count: 12
  Series: OJJDP Youth Gang Series
  Annotation: This bulletin analyzes the participation of youth gang members in drug sales and the role of gangs in drug distribution, based on the findings of the 1996 National Youth Gang Survey.
Abstract: Respondents were asked to estimate the percentage of drug sales they felt involved gang members and to estimate the proportion of drug distribution gangs controlled or managed. Information was also obtained on the age, sex, and racial/ethnic identity of gang members and on gang member involvement in criminal activities other than drug sales and drug distribution. Although widespread drug trafficking among youth gangs was found, serious involvement appeared to be concentrated in a small number of areas and was overwhelmingly associated with young adult rather than juvenile gang members. Youth gang involvement in drug sales and drug distribution cut across all demographic sectors. Program implications of gang member involvement in drug sales and distribution are discussed. The authors conclude that jurisdictions should first assess the particular youth gang drug trafficking problem they confront in order to target their efforts to combat both gang and drug violence more effectively. 33 references, 7 tables, and 1 figure
Main Term(s): Juvenile/Youth Gangs
Index Term(s): Drug prevention programs ; Young Adult (18-24) ; Drug Related Crime ; Violent juvenile offenders ; Juvenile delinquency prevention programs ; Violence prevention ; Gang violence ; OJJDP grant-related documents
Sponsoring Agency: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
Grant Number: 95-JD-MU-K001
Sale Source: Wyoming Dept of Probation and Parole
Board of Parole
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Cheyenne, WY 82001
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Type: Survey
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: OJJDP Juvenile Justice Bulletin (December 1999).
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