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NCJ Number: 161472 Find in a Library
Title: Gangs: A Statewide Assessment
Corporate Author: Maryland State Police
Criminal Intelligence Division
United States of America
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 31
Sponsoring Agency: Maryland State Police
Columbia, MD 21045
Sale Source: Maryland State Police
Criminal Intelligence Division
7175 Gateway Drive
Columbia, MD 21045
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This is an assessment of the gang problem in Maryland.
Abstract: This report limits its focus to community- or neighborhood-based gangs and within this focus makes a distinction between street gangs having solely adult or mixed adult and juvenile membership and youth gangs composed of juveniles only. It also sets up a classification system for gangs based on the type of criminal activity in which they are engaged. Finally, it presents elements that characterize a neighborhood- or community-based gang, i.e., leadership, turf, regular meetings, and conspiracy to commit criminal acts. Given the cursory reportings generated for this overview, Maryland would not appear to have much of a gang problem. However, there is much not known or not revealed because of an absence of sophisticated intelligence reporting. There is concern that Baltimore may have a number of neighborhood youth groups who have evolved or are evolving into full-fledged street gangs either as a response to the impetus of drug dealing or from other promptings. Another element adding to the potential for gang development in Baltimore and elsewhere is the influx into Maryland of drug traffickers from New York and their efforts to organize drug markets in the new area. Footnotes, appendix
Main Term(s): Grants or contracts
Index Term(s): Byrne program evaluation; Controlled Substances; Drug law offenses; Drug Related Crime; Gangs; Juvenile gang behavior patterns; Juveniles; Maryland; Motorcycle gangs; Program evaluation; Program monitoring
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