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NCJ Number: 50527 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: CALIFORNIA - GANG VIOLENCE REDUCTION PROJECT - FIRST EVALUATION REPORT, NOVEMBER 1976 - SEPTEMBER 1977
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: California Dept of the Youth Authority
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 106
Sponsoring Agency: California Dept of the Youth Authority
Sacramento, CA 95823
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2581-A-J-76
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

California Dept of the Youth Authority
Program Research and Review Division
4241 Williamsborough Dr
Ste 216
Sacramento, CA 95823
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Description
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: AN EVALUATION IS PROVIDED OF THE GANG VIOLENCE REDUCTION PROJECT STARTED IN 1976 UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE CALIFORNIA YOUTH AUTHORITY WITH THE OBJECTIVE OF REDUCING STREET GANG VIOLENCE BY 10 PERCENT IN EAST LOS ANGELES.
Abstract: THE BASIC PROJECT STRATEGIES INVOLVED MITIGATING GANG FEUDS AND PROVIDING POSITIVE ACTIVITIES FOR GANG MEMBERS. TEN LEADERS FROM SEVEN GANGS WERE HIRED AS CONSULTANTS TO WORK WITH YOUTH AUTHORITY STAFF IN DEVELOPING SOLUTIONS TO GANG ANTAGONISM. THE GANG CONSULTANTS, ALONG WITH OTHER GANG MEMBERS, COMPRISED A FORUM WHICH SERVED AS A COMMUNICATION VEHICLE THROUGH WHICH GANG CONFLICTS COULD BE RESOLVED OR LESSENED. BY SEPTEMBER 1977, EACH OF SEVEN GANGS WORKING WITH THE PROJECT BEGAN, WITH THE AID OF THE STAFF, TO FORM BARRIO (NEIGHBORHOOD OR TERRITORIAL) ASSOCIATIONS FOR THE PURPOSE OF INVOLVING GANG MEMBERS IN POSITIVE ACTIVITIES. RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES WERE USED TO MAKE THE PROJECT AND ITS GOALS KNOWN TO GANG MEMBERS AND TO BRING ABOUT POSITIVE INTERACTION BETWEEN THE GANGS. MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS INCLUDE THE RESOLUTION OF ONE MAJOR FEUD AND THE NEGOTIATION OF TWO ADDITIONAL PEACE AGREEMENTS BETWEEN FEUDING BARRIOS. THE OUTCOME EVALUATION ANALYZED HOMICIDE AND OVERALL VIOLENT CRIME RATES AMONG GANGS AND BETWEEN GANGS AND NONGANG MEMBERS. RESULTS INDICATE THAT DURING THE FIRST 11 MONTHS OF THE PROJECT'S OPERATION, THERE WAS A RELATED REDUCTION OF 15 PERCENT IN GANG-RELATED HOMICIDES, WHICH HAD BEEN INCREASING FOR 3 YEARS. A 60 PERCENT REDUCTION IN BETWEEN-GANG HOMICIDES WAS ALSO NOTED. HOWEVER, THE NUMBER OF GANG-RELATED VIOLENT INCIDENTS CONTINUED TO INCREASE SLIGHTLY. NONVIOLENT CRIMES WERE NOT EXAMINED DUE TO A LACK OF ADEQUATE DATA. TABULAR DATA AND A MAP OF THE BARRIOS ARE PROVIDED. (KBL)
Index Term(s): California; Conflict resolution; Effectiveness; Evaluation; Juvenile/Youth Gangs; Programs
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