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NCJ Number: 147663 Find in a Library
Corporate Author: Los Angeles Cty Interagency Gang Task Force
Ctywide Criminal Justice Coordination Cmtte
United States of America
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 26
Sponsoring Agency: Los Angeles Cty Interagency Gang Task Force
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Sale Source: Los Angeles Cty Interagency Gang Task Force
Ctywide Criminal Justice Coordination Cmtte
500 West Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report on the status of Los Angeles street gangs describes recent trends relating to gangs, summarizes the antigang efforts of a number of public and private agencies, and discusses a variety of innovative cooperative strategies implemented in the county to address the gang problem.
Abstract: The task force emphasizes that the phenomenon of gangs and gang violence is complex and does not respond to simple efforts at solution. Long-term efforts are needed that will require the combined commitment of public and private agencies, law enforcement, the courts, community organizations, and the community residents themselves. The task force focuses on proactive strategies that target at- risk youth and that involve prevention, early intervention, education, treatment, and community mobilization. The report contains discussions of strategies that involve education, community mobilization, law enforcement, and juvenile justice system reform. General recommendations call for comprehensive and coordinated strategies for prevention and early intervention services that target at-risk youth. Fundamental reforms of the juvenile justice system, with attention to status offenders, are also suggested. Inclusion of at-risk youth as a critical element in the long-term strategies now being developed by the County's Children's Planning Council and the Delinquency and Crime Commission is also recommended. Other recommendations pertain to the broader implementation of community policing strategies by law enforcement agencies throughout the county and the use of gang prevention/self-esteem curricula in all schools impacted by gang violence. Figures on gang-related violent crime from 1984 through 1990 are provided.
Main Term(s): Juvenile/Youth Gangs
Index Term(s): California; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Juvenile gang behavior patterns; Juveniles; Police; Violent crimes
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