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NCJ Number: 119465 Find in a Library
Title: Communitywide Responses Crucial for Dealing With Youth Gangs
Author(s): D Bryant
Corporate Author: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
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Document: PDF
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A national conference sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency prevention brought together policymakers from 19 cities to learn about the extent of youth gang violence and the steps necessary to develop community responses to it.
Abstract: Experts from Los Angeles, Chicago, and Miami presented strategies for responding effectively to youth gangs. They agreed that illegal youth gang activity is increasing both in cities with chronic gang problems and in those just beginning to experience them. Recent information from law enforcement agencies suggests that contrary to earlier beliefs, gangs are not becoming more organized or sophisticated as a result of the drug trade. However, the demand for crack cocaine and other drugs has led to the migration of Los Angeles gangs across the country, the formation of specific gangs, and an increased number of violent gangs called Jamaican posses. Strategies for combatting the gang problem include overcoming community denial, targeting hard-core gang members, eliminating graffiti, involving the schools, and increasing prevention efforts.
Main Term(s): Juvenile gang behavior patterns
Index Term(s): Community involvement; Crime Control Programs; Crime prevention planning
Note: OJJDP Juvenile Justice Bulletin
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