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Originally published in 2008, this updated report provides communities considering implementing the comprehensive gang model with critical information to guide their efforts. It describes the research that produced the model; outlines best practices obtained from practitioners with years of experience in planning, implementing, and overseeing variations of the model in their communities; and presents essential findings from evaluations of several programs that demonstrate the success of the model in a variety of environments. Updates include excerpts from a final report on findings from the evaluation of OJJDP's Gang Reduction Program.
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Gang Prevention: An Overview of Research and Programs
According to the latest National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, approximately 8 percent of youth were gang members at some point between ages 12 and 17. As part of its comprehensive anti-gang initiative, OJJDP sponsors research and evaluation and disseminates the findings to inform local prevention and intervention strategies. This bulletin presents an overview of U.S. gang research and programs and takes a look at how gangs form and why youth join them. It describes how communities may assess their gang problems and notes promising prevention and intervention strategies to address them.