December 1999
From the Administrator

When rising expectations meet dwindling resources, the conflict represents an obstacle that must be overcome. Add to this mix an increasingly high and complex caseload and you have an idea of the challenges faced by many prosecutors -- challenges that require and merit our support. To this end, the Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grants (JAIBG) program provides funds to help prosecutors tackle the problems presented by the rising number of juvenile cases.

This Bulletin, one in a series featuring JAIBG Best Practices, offers data on recent trends in juvenile violence, juvenile drug offenses, and gang-related juvenile offending and describes prosecutorial responses to such offenses. Examples of promising, prosecutor-led programs combating the illicit use of guns, violence, drugs, and gangs are also provided. These examples provide a range of ideas that prosecutors can use to enhance their own efforts.

Shay Bilchik


Enabling Prosecutors To Address Drug, Gang, and Youth Violence
Heike P. Gramckow, Ph.D., and Elena Tompkins, J.D.

Points of view or opinions expressed in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of OJJDP or the U.S. Department of Justice.

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Office for Victims of Crime.

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