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  NCJ Number: NCJ 194717     Find in a Library
  Title: Community Gang Prevention Team Survey
  Document URL: PDF 
  Dataset URL: DATASET 1
  Author(s): John Crank ; Wendy Christensen
  Corporate Author: Boise State University
United States of America

Ada County Sheriff's Office
United States of America
  Date Published: 1997
  Page Count: 13
  Annotation: This report presents findings from a survey of Ada County (Idaho) citizens to obtain their views about drugs, gangs, and youth in their neighborhoods and in Ada County generally.
  Abstract: Residents were asked about 28 crime-related problems. The five most frequently cited were speeding, profanity by students in public areas, teen use of drugs or alcohol, a lack of recreation for youth, and unsupervised youth. A majority of respondents stated that drug dealing on the streets was a problem where they lived, and 42 percent of residents stated there were gang shootings and violence where they lived. Twenty percent stated they had directly observed gang activity, and the same percentage had observed drug activity. Respondents viewed the following agencies and community efforts as the most helpful in addressing problems with drugs and gangs: the police, churches and church-sponsored activities, community action programs, the YMCA, and DARE programs. These agencies and groups were also viewed as the most helpful in countering the drug problem. Most residents engaged in activities outside their houses and in the neighborhood. Less than one-fourth believed that their neighborhood was becoming more dangerous. In recommending strategies for responding to youth gangs and drug use, respondents included the following: education, parental involvement, instruction in parenting skills, more supervision of youth, improved social/recreational activities for youth, hold parents accountable for their children's law violations, and improved public awareness programs. Appended detailed data on survey responses
  Main Term(s): Juvenile/Youth Gangs
  Index Term(s): Threat assessment ; Public Opinion of Crime ; Public Opinion of Juveniles ; NIJ final report ; Idaho
  Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Grant Number: 96-IJ-CX-0085
  Sale Source: Boise State University
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Boise, ID 83725
United States of America

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United States of America
  Type: Survey
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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