The National Youth Gang Center gratefully acknowledges the following individuals and agencies that assisted in conducting the 1998 National Youth Gang Survey and in preparing this Summary:

  • The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, particularly staff from the Research and Program Development Division, for their support and guidance.

  • The U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics and Federal Bureau of Investigation, Criminal Justice Information Services, and the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, for advice and assistance in creating the samples of agencies to be surveyed.

  • Law enforcement representatives of the 4,338 police and sheriff’s departments who took time to respond to the survey.

  • The following researchers who provided invaluable advice and counsel, assisted in the design of the survey instrument, reviewed the methodology, selected the sample, and reviewed and commented on the draft report: G. David Curry, Ph.D.; James C. Howell, Ph.D.; Malcolm W. Klein, Ph.D.; Cheryl Maxson, Ph.D.; and Walter B. Miller, Ph.D.

  • The firm of Kerr and Downs Research for assistance in data collection and data entry.

  • The Institute for Intergovernmental Research and the National Youth Gang Center, which conducted the survey and prepared the Summary.

  • The Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse, which skillfully completed the editing, layout, and production of this Summary.

1998 Youth Gang Survey
OJJDP Summary
November 2000