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NCJ Number: 136292 Find in a Library
Title: Gang Membership Crosses Cultural, Geographic Bounds
Corporate Author: National School Safety Ctr
Pepperdine University
United States of America
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 3
Sponsoring Agency: National School Safety Ctr
Westlake Village, CA 91362
Type: Survey
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In the United States, gangs pose a greater threat today to public safety and order than at any time in recent history, and schools can do much to reduce the level of gang activity on campus.
Abstract: Actions schools can take to reduce the level of gang activity include providing a stimulating extracurricular program, establishing clear behavior guidelines that prohibit gang activity and encourage responsible behavior; forbidding the wearing gang paraphernalia or apparel; instituting model discipline and dress policies; involving students, parents, law enforcement, the courts, and local community leaders in the process of developing a local gang prevention and intervention plan; and removing graffiti as soon as possible. Common myths about gangs must be dispelled if gang-suppression activities are to work effectively. Nine gang myths are identified along with the 15 criteria that police agencies in Ventura County, California use for identifying gang members.
Main Term(s): Juvenile/Youth Gangs; School security
Index Term(s): Behavior modification; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Juvenile gang behavior patterns; School discipline
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