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NCJ Number: 210490 Find in a Library
Title: Highlights of the 2002-2003 National Youth Gang Surveys
Series: OJJDP Youth Gang Series
Author(s): Arlen Egley Jr.
Corporate Author: National Youth Gang Ctr
c/o Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR)
United States of America
Date Published: June 2005
Page Count: 2
Sponsoring Agency: Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
National Youth Gang Ctr
Tallahassee, FL 32317
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Publication Number: FS-200501
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America

Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse/NCJRS
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: Agency Summary|PDF
Agency Summary: 
Type: Survey
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents highlights of the 2002-2003 National Youth Gang Surveys, which solicited information from police departments on gangs in their jurisdictions.
Abstract: Respondents were asked to report information only for youth gangs, defined as "a group of youths or young adults in your jurisdiction that you or other responsible persons in your agency or community are willing to identify as a 'gang.'" Motorcycle gangs, hate or ideology groups, prison gangs, and exclusively adult gangs were excluded from the survey. Of the 2,405 law enforcement agencies that received questionnaires, 95 percent responded to the 2002 and/or 2003 survey (1,524 responded in both survey years; the remaining 5 percent did not respond in either survey year). Approximately 6 out of 10 departments serving cities with a population of 50,000 or more reported more than 30 gangs in their jurisdiction, and an equal percentage reported more than 1,000 gang members. A majority of agencies serving rural counties and cities with the smallest population groupings reported 3 or fewer gangs and 50 or fewer gang members. Agencies in suburban counties reported substantial variation in these numbers. More than one-third of the agencies serving cities in the largest population group reported an annual maximum of 10 or more gang-related homicides. 2 tables
Main Term(s): Juvenile/Youth Gangs
Index Term(s): Gang violence; Juvenile gang behavior patterns; Rural urban comparisons; Suburban area studies
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