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NCJ Number: 151995 Find in a Library
Title: Gangs: A Community Response
Corporate Author: California Attorney General's Office
Crime and Violence Prevention Ctr
United States of America
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 46
Sponsoring Agency: California Attorney General's Office
Sacramento, CA 95814
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Document: PDF
Type: Citizen Involvement Material
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Because juvenile gangs have spread from California's major urban areas to suburban and rural communities, guidance is presented on how communities can recognize signs of gang involvement and prevent gang activity.
Abstract: The first step in addressing gang problems in family, school, and community settings involves overcoming fear and denial. Gangs cross all ethnic, racial, socioeconomic, and geographic boundaries. They exist in urban, suburban, and rural communities, and children see gang images reinforced and glamorized in the media, music, and fashion. California neighborhoods are increasingly becoming involved in comprehensive approaches to prevent gang violence and other problems associated with gangs. These approaches stress partnerships among concerned individuals, community organizations, and government agencies and normally involve the police, schools, churches, local government agencies, parks and recreation departments, and businesses working with parents and youth. Comprehensive approaches also deal with gang problems on three levels: prevention, intervention, and suppression. In focusing on prevention, the booklet provides basic information to help identify gang activities in family, school, and community settings and answers key questions on why youth join gangs and types of gang activities in which youth are involved. Actions are suggested that can be taken by parents, educators, concerned community members, and local government officials to prevent gang activities. Appendixes note antigang laws in California and gang prevention program resources.
Main Term(s): Juvenile/Youth Gangs
Index Term(s): California; Community crime prevention programs; Community involvement; Crime prevention measures; Gang Prevention
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