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Title: Assessment of a Multi-Agency Approach to Drug Involved Gang Members
Author(s): Susan Pennell; Roni Melton; Darlanne Hoctor
Date Published: June 1996
Page Count: 97
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
NCJRS Photocopy Services
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San Diego Assoc of Governments (SANDAG)
San Diego, CA 92101
Grant Number: 91-DD-CX-0046
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Document: PDF
Dataset: DATASET 1
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: An evaluation was conducted of a multi-jurisdictional task force in San Diego, California, that received funds from the Bureau of Justice Assistance via the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1987 and that involved police officers, probation officers, and deputy district attorneys working together to target documented gang members also involved in drug use and sales.
Abstract: The task force, known as JUDGE (Jurisdictions Unified for Drug Gang Enforcement) targeted juveniles for strict enforcement of probation conditions and identification of possible targets not yet on probation. JUDGE was implemented according to the objectives developed for police and probation components, with vertical prosecution a cornerstone of the approach. For the impact assessment, researchers examined a sample of youth before and after JUDGE intervention. Findings showed that targeted youth were arrested with similar frequency after JUDGE intervention but that the nature of charges differed since there were fewer drug violations. Most cases were prosecuted vertically and reached disposition in a timely manner. JUDGE targets spent a great deal of time in custody and were intensively supervised, with probation violations swiftly acted on by JUDGE staff. An examination of target records several years later revealed that over half were still actively involved in the criminal justice system. Overall, however, the evaluation demonstrated certain benefits and advantages of a multi-agency task force approach and identified features that enhanced effectiveness and credibility. The authors conclude that JUDGE can serve as a model for other jurisdiction seeking to develop cooperative efforts among criminal justice agencies. A case tracking form is appended. 12 references and 29 tables
Main Term(s): Gang Prevention
Index Term(s): California; Drug prevention programs; Juvenile delinquency prevention programs; Juvenile drug abusers; Juvenile drug use; Juvenile probation; Juvenile/Youth Gangs; Multi-Jurisdictional Task Forces; NIJ grant-related documents; Program evaluation
Note: Dataset may be archived by the NIJ Data Resources Program at the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data
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