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Gang Reduction Program

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OverviewTop  
As part of DOJ's Anti-Gang Initiative, OJJDP’s Gang Reduction Program is designed to reduce gang activity in targeted neighborhoods by incorporating a broad spectrum of research-based interventions to address the range of personal, family, and community factors that contribute to juvenile delinquency and gang activity. The program integrates local, state, and federal resources to incorporate state-of-the-art practices in prevention, intervention, and suppression.
FundingTop  
OJJDP is not accepting applications for additional funding under the Gang Reduction Program at this time.
EvaluationTop  
The Urban Institute is conducting a 3-year evaluation to assess program implementation, examine outcomes related to reductions in crime and gang activity, and identify improvements in prosocial activities and protective factors in the lives of high-risk youth.
Training and Technical AssistanceTop  
The National Youth Gang Center is the principal training and technical assistance provider for the Gang Reduction Program. The center provides structured and ad hoc training and technical assistance through cluster meetings, site visits, telephone contacts, printed materials, the Internet, and e-mail.
ContactsTop  
OJJDP Contact(s)

Dennis Mondoro
Senior Policy Advisor
202-514-3913
dennis.mondoro@usdoj.gov

Training and Technical Assistance Contact(s)
National Gang Center
Institute for Intergovernmental Research
P.O. Box 12729
Tallahassee, FL 32317
850-385-0600
850-386-5356 (fax)
information@nationalgangcenter.gov
http://www.nationalgangcenter.gov
ResourcesTop  
OJJDP Publication(s)
Best Practices To Address Community Gang Problems: OJJDP's Comprehensive Gang Model
Report, June 2008. guides communities responding to a gang problem in implementing OJJDP’s Comprehensive Gang Model. It describes best practices learned from practitioners experienced in planning and implementing the model and notes findings from evaluations of programs demonstrating the model. 57 pages. NCJ 222799.
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Best Practices To Address Community Gang Problems: OJJDP's Comprehensive Gang Model (Second Edition)
Report, October 2010. Provides guidance on how communities can best address an existing or emerging youth gang problem. 76 pages. NCJ 231200.
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Findings From the Evaluation of OJJDP's Gang Reduction Program
Bulletin, December 2010. Presents findings from an independent evaluation of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP’s) Gang Reduction Program—a comprehensive, multifaceted approach to gang reduction. 20 pages. NCJ 230106.
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Highlights of the 2011 National Youth Gang Survey
Fact Sheet, September 2013. Provides an overview of findings from the 2011 National Youth Gang Survey. 4 pages. NCJ 242884.
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Link(s)

National Gang Center
This National Gang Center site features the latest research about gangs; descriptions of evidence-based, anti-gang programs; and links to tools, databases, and other resources to assist in developing and implementing effective community-based gang prevention, intervention, and suppression strategies.

OJJDP Strategic Planning Tool
Assists communities in assessing and addressing gang problems through three interrelated components: a community resource inventory section that allows users to identify and record information about community organizations, programs, services, and activities that could be incorporated into a collaborative, comprehensive approach to gangs; a planning and implementation section that provides users with access to a database of proven and effective programs, strategies, and activities; and a risk factors section that describes research-based risk factors that are correlated to gang behavior and organized by age.

DOJ Anti-Gang Initiative
Prioritizes prevention programs providing juvenile offenders reentering the community with opportunities that help them resist gang involvement and ensures robust enforcement when gang-related violence occurs.