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NCJ Number: 165154 Find in a Library
Title: Gang Members and Delinquent Behavior
Series: OJJDP Youth Development Series
Author(s): T P Thornberry; J H Burch II
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
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Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
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Grant Number: 95-JN-FX-0013
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
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United States of America

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Document: PDF|Text
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This Bulletin presents the findings from the Rochester Youth Development Study (RYDS) concerning what portion of delinquency in American society can be attributed to gang members; it also discusses the response of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to the youth gang problem.
Abstract: The RYDS began with a sample of 1,000 boys and girls in the seventh and eighth grades. The sample includes more youth from high-crime areas and fewer from low-crime areas. Data was collected at 6-month intervals from interviews with students and parents and from a variety of Rochester agencies, including the schools, police, courts, and social services. Based on interviews over a 4-year period with study participants who reported delinquent acts, the researchers estimated the number of delinquent acts by participants during this period. They then calculated the percentages reported by gang members and nonmembers. The findings show that gang members account for a disproportionate share of delinquent acts, particularly the more serious offenses. These findings establish the importance of not only preventing gang involvement but of intervening with youth who are already gang-involved and committing a disproportionate share of delinquent and criminal acts. Also described in this bulletin is OJJDP's balanced approach to the problem of gangs, which includes prevention, intervention, and suppression. Five major OJJDP initiatives that address gangs are described. 10 references and 4 resources
Main Term(s): Juvenile/Youth Gangs
Index Term(s): Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile gang behavior patterns; Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
Note: OJJDP Juvenile Justice Bulletin, June 1997.
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